Advent… from the Latin word adventus, which means, quite literally “coming” or “arrival.”
These past few weeks have been rough. First the tragic murders at the Tree of Life Temple in Squirrel Hill, followed by an sad uptick in the daily news of hate crimes, gun violence, and tragedy. And then, just when we had one beautiful autumn day where the leaves were bright and the air was crisp, we got sick, one after another. Martinmas was forgotten in all the laundry and the washing and the sanitizing.
As I look back at photos of Advent past, I realize that Advent will look different this year. We have all developed a bit of a Disney obsession, and Katie is my co-conspirator in planning adventures for Holiday Stitch. I’ve never done any sort of Elf on the Shelf before, but I think we’re going to have lots of fun with this. The children are all in school and I work Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, so a lot of our activities will be provocations that I set up for them to enjoy at home, and reconnecting at bedtime. We will also probably focus more on heroes across the world and across time than saints, and have a more spiritual/secular focus on light and love and peace.
What will stay the same? That beautiful Waldorf poem that is the cornerstone of the Advent book will also be the center of our family Advent observance.
The first light of Advent is the light of stone–.
Stones that live in crystals, seashells, and bones.
The second light of Advent is the light of plants–
Plants that reach up to the sun and in the breezes dance.
The third light of Advent is the light of beasts–
All await the birth, from the greatest and in least.
The fourth light of Advent is the light of humankind–
The light of hope that we may learn to love and understand.
I’m excited, really. We are at such a different spot in our lives now, and I look forward to this new Advent, this new coming, this new arrival.
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