Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thoughts to Remember for Advent

I am re-reading some entries from Watch for Light.  A book of readings for Advent and Christmas. It is without a doubt my favorite Advent book.  

Today, the reading was written by Brennan Manning. I love what he says about Christmas:

But the shipwrecked at the stable tremble in adoration of the Christ-child and quake at the in-break of God Almighty.  
Because all the Santa Clauses and re-nosed reindeer, fifty foot trees and thundering church bells put together create less pandemonium than the infant Jesus when, instead of remaining a statue in a crib. He comes alive and delivers us over to the fire that he came to light......

The shipwrecked have stood at the still-point of a turning world and discovered that the human heart is made for Jesus Christ and cannot be content with less.....

Christmas means that God has given us nothing less than himself and his name is Jesus Christ...Don't be content with a "nice" Christmas when Jesus says, "It has pleased my Father to give you the kingdom.".....

As Christmas approaches, an honest question is: "Do I want to be or merely appear to be a Christian?"...anything connected with Christmas that is not centered in Christ Jesus - tree, ornaments, turkey dinner, exchange of gifts, worship itself - is empty gesturing. Blessed are the shipwrecked for they see God in the trappings of Christmas and experience a joy that the world does not understand.  

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Funny Conversation of the Day

Our conversation tonight at bedtime:

Maeve:  You and Hilde sound like you are having a house party in there.

Me: House party?! Says the girl who has never been to a house party.

Maeve:  I have too been to a house party!

Me: What?! When?! A house party is when teenagers or college students have a rowdy, crazy out of control party when their parents are gone. 

Maeve: OH, I thought it was when someone comes to sell something at your house. 

Me:  That's a HOME PARTY

Maeve:  What do you call a rowdy, crazy, out of control HOME PARTY?


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I wonder as I wander

Browsing through old quotes and came across this one:

“It is not easy to convey a sense of wonder, let alone resurrection wonder, to another. It’s the very nature of wonder to catch us off guard, to circumvent expectations and assumptions. Wonder can’t be packaged, and it can’t be worked up. It requires some sense of being there and some sense of engagement.” 

Even thought this is an Easter quote I couldn't help think about how perfect it was for Christmas.  Such good reminders in four short sentences.

  1. You can't package wonder.  Amen.  The sense of wonder can not be boxed, no matter how pretty the package wonder does not come from a purchase. 
  2. It can't be worked up:  Wonder is more a response to an amazing God.  We can't create it on our own but we can cultivate an attitude where wonder feels at home.
  3. It requires some sense of being there and some of engagement:  Wonder is so easy to miss when you are distracted.  To-do lists, presents to buy, Christmas concerts, holiday parties can all make you blind.  You have to stop, open your eyes and listen. Sometimes I think wonder catches us off guard because we are too busy looking at the wrong thing.  Our sense of wonder increases when expect things to be wonderful.  

This advent I am working hard at being present to the wonder of the season. I am waiting with patient expectation. Trying to remember that God will show up (He always does) and I will see His wonder, if I open my eyes and wait for it. 

Bonus video of one of my favorite Christmas songs.