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Day 1 – Thankful for the slow down & Day 1 of The Advent Season

Last month was 30 Days of Thankfulness in November on Facebook. I managed not to miss a post, even if I posted the next day! 🙂 And round about the second week I realized the concept of habit again; you know the one: anything done for 21 days becomes not only a habit, but a routine. And I was inspired to carry on with the recording of thankfulness on HOPEannFAITH and start it on December 1st!

Appropriately the first day of the Season of Advent.

Well, if there’s a habit in my life to perpetuate it definitely should be the act of recording my thankfulness and blessings. What do you think?

And then today, December 1st., a friend, thanks Mike 🙂  reminded me of the 21 days to routine …  confirmation? I think so.

So what am I thankful for … I’m thankful that with all the seeming ciaos in our lives; with Don being ill and what comes with that that God has actually slowed down my thinking about life. In all the hubbub I am seeing all that is wrong with the goings on in the world today … too much stuff, not enough time and a distancing from the things of God.

I am thankful for the slow down … which allows me to think about life and God and where our life and family are going with all of these internal God changes. And while we know the changes are God they are not comfortable; I mean how can cancer ever be comfortable. Yet, we are okay with the stretching and pulling … we are working this assignment from God. And in our obedience we are seeing reconciliations, we are able to sacrifice what we want for another more easily than before, and we are seeing and giving forgiveness to those we have held at arms length or more for years. It’s really quite exciting.

The assignment is to slow down and wait on God and to listen and act upon His direction.

Then last week I started thinking about how Christmas starts before Thanksgiving in the world we live in! Sadly society is definitely into gratification, much more than gratitude! They go from teaching the children to go house to house for candy … definitely a meme practice, while having a much deeper and more sinister meaning that tells us everything is about us and we should have what we want when we want; right to Candy Canes and a fictitious fellow who brings presents one night a year … again, everything is for me!

And that has not a thing to do with Christmas, as we well know.

So here we are, well into December 1st 2013, the first day of Advent!

Day-1 Advent

God, Adventure, Goodness, Life, Hope

by Joan Chittister

“Hope takes life on its own terms, knows that whatever happens God lives in it, and expects that, whatever its twists and turns, it will ultimately yield its good to those who live it well.”

You see it is not Christmas yet. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; and that is not celebrated until the 25th of December.

Advent is what we are in on this day and the next 23. Advent means “the coming” or “waiting” … for us Christians Advent is the act of waiting for the coming, again, of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Today, we in Hutchland (what I call our home) will be slowing down, even further, for the preparation before the celebration of the birth of our Savior. We plan to focus on the entire season of the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent.

For this pull from the Holy Spirit to slow down and focus on the Advent Season I am thankful.

And for you, my faithful friends, I am thankful.