On this first day of Advent we are still in Pennsylvania at my parent's farm. I love the adventures that happen on the farm and we had a delightful time with two family birthdays (one for a newly four-year-old of mine - pictures to come) and Thanksgiving. Because we will be driving back tomorrow, we found ourselves without our advent wreath or readings this first day of of the new season. But still we were getting ready. Jim and I cut ever so many greens from many great big trees that could happily spare us a couple bags full to make a wreath and garlands tomorrow when we arrive home. We took a walk this afternoon that felt very wintry and made me realize how the dark and dying of this season is truly upon us. A couple boys squeezed in a last archery practice with Granddad and Rowan helped Granddad dig up roots to boil for Sassafras tea which was quite the hit. It was a full day and one that called for an abundance of gratitude.
I'm hoping to journey regularly in this space through advent. I hope to share some ideas and some favorite books along the way. I pray this first day of advent finds you peaceful and ready to dig into the work of waiting well.
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of
darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of
this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit
us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come
again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the
dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and
for ever. Amen.
Collect for the first Sunday in Advent - BCP