Advent thoughts

The preparatory work I do in this Advent time, as much as I grouse and complain about the busyness can “be a part of the Christ forming in us which is the meaning of our life. To it we must bring the patience, the self-giving, the time of secrecy, the gradual work of Advent,” as Caryll Houselander says in the “The Reed of God.” We must allow everything—thoughts and words and songs—to grow slowly in us. Every experience has a seed that, allowed to germinate in us, will bring forth the fruits of wisdom or peace or strength. Every experience of life is gift.

olive harvest in Tuscany

olive harvest in Tuscany

About dmdubay

Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon. Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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