Today marks two months of waiting! To represent 2 in our monthly photos is our two Windsor Blend tea from our generous friends at Vida Pour. I love the bows that she put on each of the teas, little nod to ether a boy or a girl. Wonder if the gender of our baby will coordinate which tea gets order more? ;)
It's also the second Sunday of Advent, which is a new tradition I have enjoyed practicing these past few years. Ive always grown-up with Christmas being focused on Jesus: my family had a Happy Birthday Jesus sign as part of our decor, we made Jesus a birthday cake (angel food cause Jesus is friends with angels), and read the story of the Naivety before we could open presents. Advent is a little different, its the whole season leading up to the birth of Jesus in a expectant way. The idea of Advent, a season expecting someone of great importance to come, and the season of waiting for Him to arrive. Refocusing our hearts and minds each Sunday to the hope that is found in this season.
This year I am doing a daily reading from the book "Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent" by Emma Okoro. It came highly recommend by a couple of friends and on the first day I was sold when I read: "The advent story we associate with the joy of Christmas actually begins with deep sorrow and longing." The book starts with a focus on Zachariah and Elizabeth, people of great faith who prayed and longed for a child of their own (how much more relatable can you get, Advent book!). "During Advent we have permission to sit with Zechariah and Elizabeth for a while before jumping too quickly into Angel and Gabriel's visit. Zachariah and Elizabeth know something about longing and waiting." Their story is a reminder that people who were devoted to God, still doubted because of their circumstances. When I read of people in the bible who feel the same way that I do, its such a great comfort. The story of this couple doesn't give us the details of their prayers to God, but one would have to think they were vulnerable with their feelings. They kept coming back to God, the author of their faith and the one they knew is in control.
Feel like this might be the year (hopefully just this year) of Advent that I have a chance to really sit in the waiting and see what God has for me in it.