As I headed out the driveway for early Mass this morning, I saw that snow had fallen during the night for the first time this year. The Fall leaves have lingered much later than usual, but at last the air feels truly cold here in the Sierra foothills. It makes setting up the Advent wreath feel wintery and right, along with the white outside lights that make so many houses here look joyful and bright as the nights come on earlier and colder each day.
This year I want to put much more thought into honoring the season of Advent as completely as I can before turning my attention to Christmas. Easier said than done, when so many things must be accomplished before Christmas day. But even while wrapping gifts, cleaning house or planning details of our family Christmas celebrations, I know there is plenty of time throughout these days and weeks to think about the meaning of Advent and savor the beauty of its promise.
“O come, O come Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here until the son of God appears
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.”
Wishing you every blessing this Advent season,
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