If I can say one thing about this Advent season, it’s that I’ve certainly not been alone.
You, dear friends,
have journeyed long and hard with me,
from the end of our Thanksgiving feasting to the quiet of Christmas Eve,
to the celebration of Christmas Day
and beyond to the next day.
Now it’s close to New Year’s,
and although this journey has meant
something incredibly special
I’m examining myself.
The four tenants of Advent are Love, Hope, Peace or Justice, and Joy.
What are you missing most?
The New Year is coming, so
some of us hit restart,
while most of us just hit keep going.
What I need to keep myself going is more joy
in my day.
Less stress, more laughter.
I’ve felt my eyebrows furrow and my shoulders hold tension a little too much the past
and so I need to let go.
Look inward, friends,
and let Advent take you further than these thirty days.
Let Advent lead you on,
let Advent help you
to keep going.
Ask this season what it wants for you in the new year,
and let things happen for yourself.
Let good things– hope, joy, peace, and love–
become a part of your every day,
and may we seek these things for each other, as well.
What a glorious journey this has been.
Let’s trust that Advent isn’t done with us yet.
Hallelujah and Amen!