12.11 Advent Devotional

Posted by Tom.Blackwood on December 11, 2014

Winter Landscape

Isaiah 40:7-8

The grass withers, the flower fades,
     when the breath of the LORD blows upon it;
     surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades;
     but the word of our God will stand forever.


 
I am a rabid organic gardener. But yet, I have a great love for the six weeks of winter between plantings. We, and all of nature, need time to be fallow. We need rest. Nature needs to wither and rest. And, we as people, know that we eventually wither also.

This stillness coincides with Advent. The garden and I are quietly awaiting the arrival of spring. The time of death in the garden is time to prepare for the explosion of life in the spring.

Advent in the garden is a time to let nature move slowly, preparing the way for what is to come. Things are slow. Leaves take a long time to break down. They need rain and snow and ice to follow the plan of returning to the earth.   

Advent is a time of quiet waiting. Preparations are done. Now it's time to be quiet and wait.

Wait for the arrival of the baby. Wait, knowing that there will be a spring and a renewal of life. Wait quietly for the Easter that will be.

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