Upon returning from Thanksgiving in Colorado I find I have a new badge of honor. Unpacking the suitcase I discovered three shirts with spit up on the shoulder, or the sleeve. It was well worth it for precious time spent with a new granddaughter. Laundering shirts is a small price to pay for holding and giving a bottle to six-week-old Lena.
We are well on the way to the second Sunday of Advent. The candles on the wreath remind us of those good Advent words: hope, peace, joy, love. In this holy season shall we treasure the baby or shall we complain about a little spit up. Shall we prepare room in our hearts for the baby Jesus and the babies whom Jesus loves? It is such a good occasion for us to do something worthwhile, to enjoy praying, to celebrate the scripture, to worship with an open heart. Truly this sacred season calls us to light a candle and not simply curse the darkness.
Grace and Peace, Don