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Book Discussion New Day, New Time!
Here we are, back again at the beginning! It seems I was just writing about how the variety of calendars within each of us works. Some overlap nicely, others seem to conflict with one another. “Black Friday” has impinged on Thanksgiving Thursday – all, it seems, in the war to win wealth.
What is nice about the Liturgical Calendar, the church festivals and seasons, is that it begins in December with the New Year we call Advent. This is the month when it gets dark sooner, the pace is more hectic even though it should slow down to provide time for reflection and reckoning behind the special gift choices we make, and sadly, before we know it, the words often heard are: “Wow, where did the month go? It seems like it just got started!”
The (I know it is soooo old hat, it’s become tiresome) Reason for the Season is lost in the bows, ribbons, cards and candies. What happened to the Baby – the Creator become Creation; the Sinless become Savior?
So what to do?
Don’t set yourself up for failure; self-sabotage is one of Satan’s most clever tricks. Perfection is generally not attainable (in my experience, at least!) and leaves the one holding the expectation feeling guilty, angry, sad or inadequate in making the mark of a superb sibling celebration event.
Choose one or two things that you and your family or group of friends might do during the month of December, Advent, to change the pattern.
Ruts can become problems and new rituals or routines can become rites of passage. The Peace Church Library hopes to provide resource ideas, books to read, discussions to be had and DVD’s (or VHS’s) that will help along the way.
May this be an “Adventful Advent” for you and yours!
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