For those of you who don’t remember (or didn’t read it), you can see what my ‘word of the week’ goal for 2020 was here: https://fumchurstblog.com/2020/01/09/365-fresh-starts/ (We will wait just a minute while you catch up on that reading.)
In some ways, celebrating Christmas this year will be like the very first Christmas. There’s no precedent for how to celebrate in COVID quarantine. But we’ll use the space and tools we have available to welcome in the celebration of Christ’s birth.
It’s the third candle of the Advent Wreath. It’s a little special because it is pink, representing Gaudete Sunday, which means “Rejoice!” It’s an important reminder, especially when we can so quickly recite a long litany of all the things going wrong, reasons not to be happy.
I grew up with A Christmas Together, an album with John Denver and The Muppets from their TV Christmas special…My favorite songs on the album have changed over the years, and “The Christmas Wish” is currently in my top two. When Kermit sings “I don’t know if you believe in Christmas, or if you have presents underneath a Christmas tree, but if you believe in love that will be more than enough for you to come and celebrate with me,” it hits me right in the heart.
Ready or not, here it comes: Advent has arrived. Advent is here, and I have to confess it was a struggle to begin to write a blog about ‘Hope’. In recent days/weeks/months I have found it all too easy to get sucked into scrolling and scrolling through social media posts – which unfortunately are not…