Walking the Advent Spiral - Livin' the Good Life
Dec. 11th, 2013
08:54 am - Walking the Advent Spiral
It's that time of year again. Last night seven happy children arrived at my kitchen door (they weren't allowed to enter through the front door for this event). We had had a preparatory meeting the day before where we discussed what they could expect, practiced the songs, and were given strict safety rules regarding candles and fire. We talked about reverence and peacefulness and beauty. And that is exactly what we experienced, if only for a few moments, during our ceremony. It was like being in church, only it was my living room. I know I've posted pictures of the Advent spiral in past years, and unfortunately, not a single picture was snapped at this year's event. But, the idea was for the families to walk out of my house with candlelight in their eyes, filled up with beauty and anticipation of a wonderful thing to come (Christmas) and a sense of comradery in their shared experience. Those things couldn't have been captured in a photograph.
From my point of view, I saw seven wide-open faces. I saw seven sets of shining eyes giving me full eye-contact. I heard nothing.... just silence ... because they were all giving me their attention, waiting for directions. I saw willing participation. I saw cooperation between the children. And there is nothing so endearing as giving a puppet show to a bunch of kids who are really into it. I mean, you could hear a pin drop. I had to resist laughing when I see all those beautiful faces listening so intently to my humble little puppet show... something I made up years ago and have given so many times to basically the same children. And yet, they still listen as if it were the first time.
Each year I ask myself, "Should I put on an Advent celebration again this year? It's an awful lot of work." But then I remember those faces, and I have my answer.