Advent: 1

December 2nd

Mozambican nativity

Finally a chance to put out my Mozambican nativity! My dad asked if they were Aborigines. (They’d just seen Australia.)

Sunday, we lit the first candle in the Advent wreath at church. You know me — a sucker for sentimentality and tradition.  There is something about the ritual of Advent — the time leading up to Christmas — that makes me want to push pause and stop to really gather my thoughts, listen to my breath and feel the wind blowing and nature alive outside my front door. I want to reconnect with my spirit, which tends to get off course when I’m distracted by dozens of other shiny objects (Read: Holiday parties, work deadlines, piles of fabric stacked high, a bike begging for a ride.)

Advent means arrival in many senses. This season, I hope to arrive at a new place of balance. I hope for the arrival of grace when I’m caught in traffic, running behind, tired from too little sleep or stressed about holiday budgets. I pray for the arrival of peace in India, Iraq, Afghanistan and always close to my heart — Zimbabwe. I wish for the arrival of the end of hunger worldwide. I am counting on the arrival of a new sense of purpose in 2009, a clearer idea of what to do with my talents to make my community a bit better.

Thank you for being a great part of the journey.


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  1. My task this month is to teach my 5 year old niece about Christmas. She nows about Santa, trees, stocking and gifts, but nothing about the Nativity. My mother in law has included a baby Jesus in her advent calendar for christmas eve. Hubby’s family is not a religious, faith based or church going family. But I think it’s awesome that they are still interested in teaching Miss 5 so she can make her own decision. Now all I need is a good kid’s book to get started with.

  2. Advent is also a time of waiting. Henri Nouwen writes in a essay, “Waiting for God”, that the practice of waiting is not passive, but active: “Active waiting means to be present fully to the moment, in the conviction that something is happening where you are and you want to be present to it. A waiting person is someone who is present to the moment, who believes that this moment is “the” moment.” May you have a blessed Advent, filled with hope.

  3. That nativity is so cool! We still have the one my mom made in school. It’s all cracked and stuff and the donkey has no ears (I say it’s Jesus’s deaf donkey) I should send you my advent prayer book, you’d actually take a look at it.

  4. Kelli, once again you’ve sparked some inspiration inside me. No matter what I might be going through in my own world, you always remind me to think of others, to find perspective in my life, and to be a better person 360° around.

    I’m so lucky to have become part of Raesha’s family and to have found you through her. I wish you all the best this holiday season and every day there after.

  5. Beautiful picture. Lovely goals.

  6. I love this nativity! My husband’s family is from Ghana and I am a great lover of African sculpture and art. I am jealous:)

    Best of luck to you in your goals for the month (especial the grace when your caught in traffic…that’s a hard one!). I am excited to see what is in store for you in the coming year. Happy Holidays!

  7. Tina in Duluth December 2, 2008

    Very nice!

  8. Love the nativity set! Here’s to a thoughtful and peaceful holiday season!

  9. “my spirit, which tends to get off course when I’m distracted by dozens of other shiny objects” Love that. How do you do it? You are Christian, you do not judge. You are kind. Human nature does not seem to impeed (sp) you. You thrive and focus on love. How do you do it? OOOOh, you probably already know about this, but I thought of you (and it made me happy 🙂

    Frida’s Fiestas: Recipes and Reminiscences of Life with Frida Kahlo (Hardcover)

    Thank you for the link to FinnyKnits.

  10. Advent truly is the best season

  11. I pray that all of this comes true, for you and the world.

  12. A beautiful nativity! I really do love it!
    Sounds like you’re on the right track. 🙂
    I’m sure you’ll achieve good balance soon.

  13. Gorgeous Kelli! So happy tpo finally see it! The world would be such a different place if everyone focused on love, peace and kindness. Wonderful goals.