Updated: Dec 4, 2020
This summer I purchased a few activities to keep me busy throughout this winter. On Sunday I opened my first activity, a puzzle of Quebec City. Some of the advice I have received is to do the outside borders first and then begin to put the puzzle together. I followed this advice, and the outside edge of my puzzle is now complete. I then began with the buildings at the bottom of the puzzle but found that this was not easy, so I put those pieces aside and started on the sky. It is not easy either, but I will continue to work at it.
I have come to the conclusion that this puzzle is a great project for Advent.
It is teaching me patience. It is teaching me to take my time. It is teaching me, if first you don’t succeed try, try, try again.
Time, patience and not giving up are great lessons to take into Christmas preparations. Baking, shopping, writing letters and cards all take time and patience. Advent is a time not only to prepare our home for Christmas but also to turn our heart toward God’s beloved presence. Advent is a time to ready ourselves and our spirits for the gift of Christmas. It is a invitation to slow down and to be patient, to take time to listen for the gifts of hope, peace, joy and love, time to consider how these gifts fit in your life or how you might share them. Don’t give up. the gifts will come for the gift of Jesus birth never disappoints.