Monday, December 12, 2011

Advent


Advent is upon us... and we wait expectantly, together as a family, joyfully and quietly, as the season unfolds around us. Winter skies remind us of the light that enters the world every single day... if only we're wise enough to look for it... to look at it.

(photos from our front yard at dusk)

Zach is finished for the semester. We can exhale for a bit... before it all starts again in January. I do not take this for granted. We're all cherishing every moment! Love and Peace to all of you... have a great week!

“The house lights go off and the footlights come on. Even the chattiest stop chattering as they wait in darkness for the curtain to rise. In the orchestra pit, the violin bows are poised. The conductor has raised his baton. In the silence of a midwinter dusk, there is far off in the deeps of it somewhere a sound so faint that for all you can tell it may be only the sound of the silence itself. You hold your breath to listen. You walk up the steps to the front door. The empty windows at either side of it tell you nothing, or almost nothing. For a second you catch a whiff of some fragrance that reminds you of a place you’ve never been and a time you have no words for. You are aware of the beating of your heart…The extraordinary thing that is about to happen is matched only by the extraordinary moment just before it happens. Advent is the name of that moment.”

— Frederick Buechner, Whistling in the Dark, pp. 2,3


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