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.