03 December 2012

advent is upon us

This last weekend Nick and I went on a silent retreat. No talking (well, whispering in our room like rebels) and so much sleep. 
A silent retreat is basically the opposite of our normal life with the boys. I didn't fully realize that until this morning.
It was the perfect entrance into the season of advent: a time to ready our hearts in a quiet, beautiful setting, 
with time to pray and reflect and learn.

I really, really love the season of advent: a time of hope and anticipation as we await the arrival of Christ's birth. 
Beyond the crazy Christmas sales and all the activities in front of us that seem to grow exponentially in December, I want to find time for quiet. To treasure up the beautiful mystery of Christmas in my heart, to create a home that provides that for my family.
Peace and joy and hope.
That's what advent is all about, really: hope.
Hope is the sure and steadfast anchor of our souls:
"it keeps man from discouragement; it sustains him during times of abandonment; it opens up his heart in expectation of eternal beauty."

As life goes on, it seems easier to get discouraged, worn down... weary. 
If there is ever a time to slow down, remove distractions, quiet ourselves, it's now.

Now is the time to let Him in. Even if we've never done it before, never reflected on the meaning of Christmas, never stopped with all the busyness and just been still, now is the time.
Find a quiet place, read the story of the first Christmas night, and let it penetrate. 
(here and here)
It just might change you.
It changes me every time I let it.


  1. A silent retreat sounds so wonderful! Happy advent and Merry Christmas!!!

  2. This post reminds me of my favorite piece of scripture, Hebrews 6:19, We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

  3. I love advent for the very same reasons! It only makes Christmas day that much sweeter.

  4. Sounds like a wonderful way to bring in the Advent season!! Sending you Christmas joy! xo Heather

  5. amen amen.
    and hooray for a silent retreat!

    emmanuel! xo

  6. Wowie!! I can't imagine being silent for any length of time! Was it hard?

    1. It was hard, but awesome. It was definitely good for my brain.

  7. This is a lovely post. A silent retreat sounds so nourishing for the soul. As does the season, if you allow it!