Advent begins soon.
It feels right.
The darkness comes so early these days.
We scramble to go for walks before supper so that we can be out in the chill light for a least a little bit.
We bundle up- ALL the way up (snow pants included, because we care more about warmth than looking good). The cold is so near and so persistent. It’ll slip in the cracks if you let it.
We burn candles and wear slippers and housecoats and take hot showers and drink sweet Caramel Brulé lattes and watch episodes of This is Us.
I have slowed down, in as many ways as I can, and I would slow even more if I could.
It is seeming to me that sometimes you have to settle for a few slow moments, rather than slowing all areas of your life. Sometimes it feels like for something to be truly meaningful, I need LOTS of it. That mindset causes me to miss out on beautiful little opportunities.
During Advent, I try to enter into a still moment each evening.
I light my candles and I think about waiting.
Things I have waited for in the past.
Things I am waiting for in the future.
How it feels to hang in that dark, hopeful, uncertain space.
I think about waiting, and I also try to think about the moment I am in- not forward and not back. Just the exact moment where I am and where God is.
I wanted to add something new to my waiting this year, and I’m excited about what I chose.
Each evening, around 9:00, I’m going to sing all three verses of the song “O Come, Divine Messiah.” My goal is to yearn for Jesus more deeply. And also, to memorize the words. 😊
I’m telling you this because I think it’d be fun if some of you would join me in this practice! You could choose whatever song you want, or you could join me with “O Come, Divine Messiah.” (Here’s a link to the song, if you are interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzNiBdW4Le4&ab_channel=AgnesChoo.)
You could sing alone, you could sing with your kids, you could sing with your roommate, you could sing with your siblings, you could sing with your husband or wife, you could sing with whatever guests you have over for the evening…
I think it could be a beautiful practice.
I’m going to begin this practice on Sunday evening.
We could wait together!
How do you like to acknowledge Advent? How do you create those moments where there is space for longing and hoping? Any special traditions or practices?
If you are joining me with singing a song of longing each evening, what song did you choose? Are you singing alone or with someone else? Both are beautiful.