Advent is a season of waiting, of preparation, of seeking (like wise men and women.)
For new Roses in the Rubble readers, Virginia’s post-a-day Advent gig usually entails a brief inspirational quote, picture, carol or (occasionally) more prolific thoughts. I realize many readers (& friends on Facebook) follow different faith traditions (or none at all), but perhaps this is an opportunity to see what the Advent and Christmas fuss is all about and be inspired along the way by universal themes of peace, joy & love that come with this season (and, in my opinion, we could use lots more the whole year round!)
Oh, and goodwill to all. Yup, ALL! Our diverse humanity around the globe of every shape, creed, and hue – all beloved of God.
That’s what we believe, anyway (even if lots of faith-spouting folks don’t act like it.)
Ouch, Virginia needs to transform her leftover Halloween broomstick into a candy cane of Advent love & understanding.
“We look at God and claim to believe, but our actions and thoughts don’t correspond to our beliefs. Here’s the difference between belief & faith: Belief is to know. Faith is to see.” Mother Angelica
Just sayin’, open eyes, open minds, open hearts might be a good place to start this year’s Advent journey.
Open to the coming of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, Who loves us with everlasting love.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love, so I am constant in my affection for you.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
We have a choice this Advent to believe in Love, to open our lives to receive Love and BE LOVE that shines brightly in the swirling darkness of our whacked-out world.
Like Christmas candy canes – sticky and sweet, but hard with mint that wakes up our senses & motivates, let’s be candy canes of Advent Love.
grace, peace & motivated candy canes
Virginia : )
“Like it or not, we either add to the darkness of indifference and out-and-out evil which surround us, or we light a candle to see by.” Madeleine L’Engle
Nice post Virginia!
Thanks for your encouragement, Arlene. I’ve been hanging candy canes on the inside of Christmas trees for over 20 years (a perkier look!) Hence the idea for this post. ✨🎄✨🎯🌟🎯✨🎄🌟✨
I love candy canes! Sadly, just like chocolate eggs at Easter and candy corn at Halloween, they seem to disappear from the shelves after Christmas. Wonder why that is??
I started putting candy canes on Christmas trees years ago while living in the Middle East. No candy canes could be found there, but a friend brought several boxes my 1st year that perked up a pathetic Charlie Brown tree. Those carefully wrapped candy canes survived 5 years as decorations! ✨🎄✨🌟✨🎄✨
Looking forward with excitement to your post-a-day Advent gig. We all could use a bit of daily inspirational quotes and pictures!
Thanks for your catchy enthusiasm! This favorite time of the year can get so busy – doing this Advent gig helps keep the Reason for the season ever present in my daily scurryings. Blessings!! ✨💜✨🎄✨🌟✨🎄✨💜✨
Great post, Ginny … find great comfort in the verse you quoted from Jeremiah🙏
Ginny, I find great comfort in the verse you quoted from Jeremiah🙏
Cindy – me, too! Sometimes it’s hard to grasp the concept of God’s everlasting love for us – so deep. so wide, so high – but there it is, constant & forever. Amazing grace on steroids, eternally. Love & hugs! ✨💜✨🌟✨💜✨
This coincides nicely with our local schools’ two-week find the good campaign.
That sounds like an educationally rich endeavor. Maybe finding & making a little good will counteract the bad, bad, bad around us. And, Tim, that interdimensional skillet chocolate chip cookie would definitely qualify as ‘good!’ ✨😜✨🌟✨🍪✨🌟✨😜✨