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Advent – Week 2 – Peace


Not only are we in week 2 of Advent, but the calendar continues to count down to Christmas.  I love it.  I love every single thing about it.   I love the cards, the recipes, the decorations, the shopping, the cooking, the Hallmark Christmas movies, the Christmas music, wrapping gifts, and last week watching our two-year old grandson smile when I said Nanna and PaPa bought you presents for Christmas and hear him say Christmas.  Confession – No gifts wrapped yet, but some were put in the mail yesterday for sweet friends.

The older I grow, and the more we lose dear loved one, the more special Christmas becomes.  Actually, every single day becomes more special.  We don’t get do-overs, but oh how I wish we did so I live for each moment, each day to savor with loved ones.

I know this time of the year can be hard for so many.   Trust me I have been there.  The first year my Dad died I so dreaded Christmas and having all my family here and Mom coming in that door without him.  Oh it was tough for a moment, but she brought angel pins for us 3 girls, one of my sister’s wrote a poem (Dad always did) and gave each of the grandchildren one of Dad’s clocks and read the poem.

In reading about Advent this year, I learned that the wreath represents God’s never-ending love for you and me.  The evergreens represent His gift to us of eternal life.  The candles remind us Jesus is the Light of the World.This week of advent represents peace.  I did not know until I started researching that Shalom means peace.  How cool is that?  Jesus came to be the Prince of Peace.

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14 thoughts on “Advent – Week 2 – Peace”

  1. Beautiful! We should never take for granted how difficult a holiday especially Christmas can be for those who have lost a loved one. Thank you for getting me excited about Christmas. It has been in the 50s here and it is not feeling like Christmas. Blessings to you and your family!

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    1. Thanks Mary. You are so sweet. Well it’s in the 70s here in Texas and we are tying a record for 80 on Friday and then a cool front that us Texans call cold front coming Saturday in the 50s. Thanks for stopping by. Love your smiling face.


  2. I didn’t know the symbolism behind an evergreen wreath – that is beautiful! And I’m so sorry about your Dad. I love how you honored him at Christmas. I lost both my grandparents in the past year (who were like second parents to me), and Grandpa was obsessed with Christmas. Everything this time of year reminds me of him. It makes me sad, but happy too. I know he’s at peace and prayerfully, we’ll be reunited someday! 🙂 Stopping by from Women with Intention! -Jess, Sweet Little Ones


    1. Thanks Jessica for visiting. your comment was in a moderation folder and I just found it. Love your blog and pictures. Just visited you.


  3. Love this post. I can relate in so many ways. My mother passed aways a few years ago and the first holiday season was hard. I’ve done a word study on Shalom and in addtion to peace it also means nothing lacking, nothing broken and wholeness. Isn’t that awesome that HE offers us all of this? I am also in Texas.. Outside of Houston and I have to say I enjoyed my shorts and flip flops today! Be Blessed always. Misty.


  4. When I think of the peace of God, especially with all the turmoil and heartache the world has recently experienced, I am reminded of Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. How beautiful is this peace we can have!!!!


  5. Hi Deb, its great joining you here. I am sorry for your loss! I like the thoughts you have and encouraging words to help others who facing such challenges.
    PS Your Google+ doesn’t have your blog links. I think people it will be helpful updating your profile.
    Blessings to you.


  6. Thank you for the lovely reminders of God’s never-ending love, eternal life and light and peace reflected in the elements of the Advent wreath. My advent candle arrangement has lacked the evergreens this year while my cold discouraged me from going out and gathering them. You’ve encouraged me to get out in today’s better weather and clip a few, so as not to leave out that important symbolism. Blessed Advent to you!


    1. Thank you Sylvia. Just found this comment in my moderation folder. So sorry to be so late responding. I enjoyed visiting your blog this afternoon but could not find a place to comment on the singing post.


  7. I’ve also had a few rough years where we were missing key members of our family who were taken from us too soon. It does get better with the passing year, and the memory of them may still hurt, but not as much. What it does teach is us that life is fleeting and you can’t take this moment for granted. Enjoy every bit of it.

    Thanks for sharing on the #FFBH. ❤


  8. My heart is with you as you miss your loved ones.
    I also wanted to tell you I have that same ribbon from your first photo! I absolutely love it streamed around my tree as a reminder of His hope and peace.
    Blessings and smiles,


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