Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Moving Slowly Through Advent

Monday was a dark, cold, rainy day here. We ventured out to do the grocery shopping - dashing from the car to the store in the wet chill. When we got home, the little head cold I had been brewing made me just a bit weary so I decided to give myself the afternoon off.

The darkness of the cloudy day permeated the house. I slipped into the living room and knelt in front of my little bookcase to choose a movie. For some reason I didn't pick one of the Christmas DVDs - instead I found my hand reaching for "To Kill A Mockingbird". It is one of my all time favorite books and movies. Harper Lee is a master story teller.

Within a few minutes I was lost in the story - for truly it is a gripping one. When it was all over I found myself thinking not so much of the story itself but of the atmosphere of the time and place - the scenes on the front porch in particular.

In the peaceful quietness of a summer evening Atticus sat on the front porch listening to the voices of his children as they talked to one another from their beds. He wasn't busy with anything; he simply sat rocking in the old rocking chair.
On another occasion, he sat with his little girl as she told him what was troubling her.

The whole rhythm of that time was slower. There was no hurry to run to the store or get the children to practice of one sort or another, no rushing off to a meeting or out for a quick bite to eat. The pace was slow and peaceful - time to simply sit and perhaps talk over the day.

I have purposed to make this Advent Season a step back in time. We have pared down the gift-giving this year - less frantic looking for something we don't already have. The calendar has only a few important dates marked off. I want to walk slowly through this time becoming more mindful of what this miraculous season is really all about.

I don't want to miss what He wants to whisper into my heart.

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  1. agreed! When my daughter was home last weekend many people asked about what we were going to be doing, where we were heading out to together. I just said , oh we're just hanging around loving each other.
    Isn't that good enough sometimes?

  2. I want to be more purposeful this Christmas season too! Purposeful in the remembering what the true meaning of this season is all about!

  3. beautiful, linda. absolutely beautiful.

  4. Beautiful, as always. I need to read that book again - it's been years.

    I want so much to not have to shop. I have never felt this way so strongly before. I love the music we're singing in the community chorale concerts - just so beautiful.

  5. My heart longs to do that, too. I just haven't figured out how yet to break free yet as much as I'd like to. :-( Thanks for the inspiration, though. I won't give up.

  6. Praying to enjoy the quiet with you... A good reminder.

  7. Love the Angel on the header...did you make that quilt?
    Good to give yourself time off (o:
    That is why I love to go camping. We have no electronics... and read and hang out together. Wish it was always like that (o:

  8. Sounds like a wonderful plan for the advent season, Linda. May you be filled with the joy and wonder of our Saviour in the coming days!

    By the way, I adore your Christmas quilt!

  9. "I don't want to miss what He wants to whisper into my heart" too.

    I love your Christmas quilt too. So beautiful.
    Happy Christmas.

  10. HI Linda,
    First I have to tell you that I LOVE the new quilt header... It's soooo beautiful.
    Thank you for that!

    Your writing today is especially true... We know how much less rushing went on only a few decades ago. My mother didn't even drive...she didn't have to. We could walk everywhere (except to the farmlands of our area).

    Thank you for the reminder to keep Christmas simple.
    Blessings Always * Maria

  11. Thanks, Linda. HUGS~ I was listening to Beth Moore today in our study and she was talking about encouraging and loving one another deeply. She said with our culture we are so busy.... we text and fb and email... but so many are so lonely. Life is just too busy to slow down and invest in the important things.... is what she said *in a nutshell*

    I needed your post.....

    much love,

  12. I do hope I can have a few moments to visit the places that you recommend.

  13. Oh I have been to Holy Experience. I must focus on what was said. Thankyou so much.