A generous Advent

29 Nov

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Today marks the first day of Advent.

When I was younger, we had a December calendar that had a little window over each day of the month.  For each day during December, there was a different activity.  The activities ranged anywhere from drawing a picture, baking Christmas cookies or wrapping presents.

One of the activities that we added to our Advent traditions was increased prayer and sacrifice.  We cut little pieces of paper and for each prayer or sacrifice that we prayed or did, we put a piece of paper into a empty glass jar.  We would try to see how full we could make the jar by the time Christmas came.

It wasn’t until I was a little bit older that we used the pieces of paper to symbolize straw that filled Jesus’ manger in the stable at Bethlehem.

In doing so, we emptied ourselves of selfishness.

It necessitated that we put our needs and desires in the “back seat” and turn our attention outward toward the good of others and each other.

As I’ve been thinking about what I want to do for Advent this year, the word that keeps coming to mind is:

GENEROSITY.

It is easy for me to be generous towards the people and activities that make me feel good.

It is hard to be generous towards the people and work commitments that challenge my charity and patience.

This Advent a couple of my goals are:

Generosity with:

listening actively & attentively

Actively practicing & living faith and charity

This Advent I will have an empty jar that I will fill day-by-day with pieces of paper to symbolize prayer, sacrifices and my Advent goals.

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(My Advent jar)

Do you have an Advent goal this year?  Do you have an Advent tradition?

Praying that your Advent may be very blessed!

Love,

Rachel

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