The Changing Seasons: November 2020

waiting in line / waiting for a bus / waiting at the airport departure lounge / waiting for a friend / lady-in-waiting / waiting room

All these Waitings carry different states of emotions, depending on the circumstances & expectations. If you are like me, you would find most of these challenging as I am by nature impatient and want things done expediently.

In this year of craziness, with the pandemic, politics, race issues raging around us, I have had to consider how I want to spend each day. Do I wait in frustration for things to go back to normal? do I allow the anxieties to overtake my thoughts and behaviour? do I despair for lost opportunities? or am I able to take each day as a gift to do a little better?

As we light the first candle on the Advent wreath, I think of the Hope that the Christ-child brings to a hurting world.

Younger Daughter practicing her match-lighting.

During Advent, we wait in joy, in hope, and in anticipation for the wonderful event we are about to experience—the feast of Christmas, the coming of Christ into our lives in new ways, the return of Christ in glory at the end of time. As the Church, we wait during Advent and look forward to celebrating the fact that God loves us so much that he sent his Son into the world to save us. This waiting is far from empty; rather, it is full of the hope that God promises us as we prepare for Christ in the feast of Christmas.

 D Todd Williamson, Advent Waiting, Loyola Press

How has your November been? What are you hoping for in December?

This post is my contribution to The Changing Seasons hosted by Su at zimmerbitch.

19 Replies to “The Changing Seasons: November 2020”

  1. You’re got the right attitude. ❤ And I agree, it's time to shift our anxious waiting mindset to embracing the present. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em?

    Happy December!

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  2. I didn’t know that you celebrated Advent in Singapore, Ju-Lyn. Or is it just a small minority. I always lament that it is too hot here for lighting candles. I love the Advent tradition. It is celebrated in a big way in Scandinavia. OUr kids used to get presents each weekend through Advent. In Scandinavia, kids get a small gift every day in Advent until Christmas Eve.

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    1. Advent is a season that is celebrated in a big way in the Catholic community.

      It is interesting that weather plays such a huge part in how we celebrate. We are typically in London every other Christmas season (not this year, unfortunately, although we are due for a visit), and we get to enjoy a different version of traditions.

      When the kids were younger, Advent calendars were a big thing – a gift a day was rather exciting!

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    1. Weather has so much to do with how our traditions are celebrated! When we are in London for the winter, we were always home by 4 in the afternoon, ready for our evening’s activities. Whereas, here in Singapore, we are waiting for the sun to set (even at 7pm) so that it is cool enough to talk a walk.

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