Advent Coming Soon

Advent is the first season of the Christian liturgical year, and runs up to December the 24th. Much of the world prepares for December 25th by shopping, and I do that as a small part of the celebration.

How often do we celebrate the coming of something, someone so dear to us? How often do we prepare for our future in secular ways? Pausing, thinking, making ready–these things can bring us peace and confidence, no matter our faith.

Advent Wreath

Homemade wreath and beloved ditch Kitty, Sylvie.


β€œLife in a prison cell may well be compared to Advent; one waits, hopes, and does this, that, or the other- things that are of no real consequence- the door is shut, and can be opened only from the outside.”
Letters from Prison – November 21, 1943” ― Dietrech Bonhoeffer

7 thoughts on “Advent Coming Soon”

  1. Priscilla says:

    Pause, think, make ready: I agree!

    My, Sylvie’s coat in the sunlight just gleams. She’s a beautiful cat.

    1. Laura Benedict says:

      Aw, thank you–I think so too. Sylvie is very good about eating her fancy glossy-coat/hairball control food, as you can see. πŸ™ƒ

  2. skyecaitlin says:

    We got our Advent Devotionals at Mass this week end—they are great for preparation; they contain a great deal of liturgical history. Today is the feast of the Immaculate Medal. I loved your homemade Advent wreath, dear Laura, and Sylvie, too, and Letters from a Prison sound awesome. One of my close friends and old beau from MANY years ago is in prison; I write to him.

    1. Laura Benedict says:

      That’s so kind of you to write your old beau, Skye. I can’t imagine the loneliness of such a place.

      Our church gave out beautiful circular Advent Calendars–I’ll try to remember to put up a pic.

      1. skyecaitlin says:

        How lovely: You should inquire if they have access to the Blue Book, or you can probably download one:

        1. Laura Benedict says:

          Thank you, dear!

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