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Advent Gifts

posted Dec 3, 2013, 8:47 AM by Pastor Beth Olson   [ updated Dec 3, 2013, 8:47 AM by Benjamin Potter ]
This past Sunday,on the first Sunday of Advent, I shared with the congregation via a dialogue skit with our youth and family minister, that I am one who still shakes her presents.  I'm not proud of this, and it isn't very mature, but there is something in me that wants to know--or that at least is willing to guess.  So it is that Advent bears its own gifts.  The gift from this past Sunday was that of patience.  Of waiting.  Of being willing to put the brakes on just a tad.   
   I thought of that theme of patience as we started getting our house ready for the season.  It takes us a while to decorate, and we're generally not in any hurry, though we did get our tree that same Sunday afternoon.  But the tree sat outside in a bucket of water waiting to come in.  Now, it's at least in the living room, erect and watered.  The lights will come in a day or so.  The ornaments will come this weekend because we will wait until others can join us.  In all of this is the waiting.  And in the waiting is the time to slow down, to enjoy the memories and sweet stories that arise from earlier Christmases. 
   The Christmas presents will wait, too.  But in the meantime, there will be gifts during Advent.  May the same be true for you and yours, also.