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- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Advent is one of my favorite times of year. I cannot stand pre-Christmas out in the secular world… the shopping, the music, the decorations–all so over the top and overwhelming and directed at excessive consumerism. But, I do love Chirstmas and the spirit of gift-giving and the joy of celebration. So, Advent fills that need for me.
I also think Advent teaches us patience. The lord came exactly when he was supposed to, not a day early or a day late, and his return as well will be at just the right moment. We should be hopeful for the coming of Christmas, but we shouldn’t be too focused on it and wishing that it were today. Today is today, and the expectation, the hope, the waiting–it’s as important as what we are waiting for.
Post # 3
@mrsSonthebeach: Thank you for remindng me. I’m so wrapped up in every day life, working, and catching up on sleep. I miss going to Catholic school at times. We would always light the candles. Really good memories.
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I love advent too–I went to the first advent service today at church and really loved it. It really helped put my mind and heart in the right place: I’ve been super stressed-out with my last semester of college and it always seems like December is such a stressful month, when really, the spirit should be one of cheer, thanks, giving, gratitude, and thankfulness: and yes, patience, I absolutely agree. The sermon in church today was on John the Baptist, often an overlooked figure in the nativity story, and the emphasis on repentence and readying my heart for advent was really what I needed to hear.
Thank you for this post: I actually wanted to post something about advent but wasn’t sure what reception it would get (especially on the weekends when not that many people normally seem to post!).