First Day of Advent

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Advent came filled with angels and alleluias?

Wouldn’t it be perfect if we were greeted on these December morningsvwith a hovering of heavenly hostsvtuning their harps and brushing up on their fa-la-la’s?

Wouldn’t it be incredible if their music filled our waking hoursvwith the promise of peace on earthvand each Advent night we dreamed of nothingvbut goodwill?

Wouldn’t we be ecstatic if we could take those angels shopping, or trim the tree or have them hold our hands and dance through our houses decorating?

And, oh, how glorious it would be to sit in church next to an angel and sing our hark-the-heralds!

What an Advent that would be!

What Christmas spirit we could have!

An angel-filled Advent has so many possibilities!

But in lieu of that, perhaps we can give thanks for the good earthly joys we have been given and for the earthly “angels” that we know who do such a good job of filling our Advent with alleluias!

Ann Weems

Kneeling in Bethlehem

Westminster Press, 1987

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