The house is quiet, filled with morning light. All the decorations are out, the gifts wrapped. The last of the baking will take place later in the day. But for these few quiet minutes, I sit in what has become my favorite spot in this new house. Like these little birds all bundled up for winter cold, I too have been seeking warmth. A strong head cold laid me quite low for a few days.
I love the quiet and the sense of anticipation. Knowing that everything is ready. Unusually for me, who tends to be one of those up well after midnight on Christmas Eve still wrapping gifts until the very last minute, it is all ready days early.
There is time to enjoy the peace, the readiness. And isn't that what Advent is all about anyway? A time of watchful waiting, a time of preparation to ready our heart and mind for the coming of the Christ child, the son of God?
Despite the peace and calm there are still a few boxes of things to put away The dining table is still cluttered with the remains of gift wrapping. But as this holiday season progresses, this house truly becomes our home for which we are so grateful.
There is still time to meditate, to be still, to remain watchful, waiting, for the advent, the birth of the Son of God, the light of life, Christ himself.
There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what hi eyes see,
or decide by what his ears hear;
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the girdle of his waist,
and faithfulness the girdle of his loins.
The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
and the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall feed;
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The sucking child shall play over the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den.
They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.