…we know faith. As Advent has been gathering round us, we continue to be encircled by story. Words of our life-story walking side by side our daily-story. There is a feeling of the fullness of time companioning these days. Stories and songs that we have known our whole lives can speak new words again this year. The hopes and fears of all the years has never felt more true.
…we know hope. As December has been enfolding round us, encouragement comes in expected and unexpected places. There is nothing like a child’s whoop or a giggle. There is nothing like hearing the ringing of a bell and hoping that Clarence has gotten his wings. There is nothing like the light that shines from a single candle. There is nothing like the words of a carol sung that fills my whole heart, And the whole world send back the song which now the angels sing.
… we know love. As Emmanuel is drawing closer, we know well our yearning for God’s presence. Emmanuel, God-with-us, each one of us. In these days we take heart knowing that God has unconditional care for each one. From these days we are given again courage and vision, strength and compassion. Enough and more. It through the lens of grace and mercy we see again this day, the wonders of God’s love. Love has brought us this far; love will bring us home.
thanks Linda, for this picture