The Ramsden Family will light the second Advent candle tomorrow, to celebrate the second Sunday in Advent. The first candle, which we lit last week, is the candle of Hope. The second candle is the candle of Faith.
Have you ever walked on a path in the woods that has been used for many years? It is very easy to see which way to go because so many others have walked the same way, and their feet have worn the soil down to a nice flat path. They have flattened out many of the rough spots. Sometimes walkers will clear away branches that get in the way, fill in the holes to make the path safer for the next person, or build a simple bridge across a brook or muddy spot. The people who have used that path have prepared it for you, and for others.
Lindsay Crouse will read from the book of Isaiah on Sunday:
A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.
Has your family you started to prepare for Christmas? If you have, you are probably doing some things that your parents and grandparents did before you were born. You might be taking photos for Christmas cards, or decorating your house with lights or greens. You might be planning secret gifts, or planning to be in the Christmas pageant. Your parents and grandparents, your aunts and your uncles have probably prepared for Christmas just as you are. They may have sent holiday cards, decorated with lights or ornaments, and they may have been in a Christmas pageant! They have prepared a well-worn “highway” of tradition for you to travel as you prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth and as you learn about Jesus life.
You or your family might enjoy coloring this image of love, when you have or need some quiet time this week. May you find moments of peace as you travel through this week, following the path that has been prepared for you. And may each of your days hold many small blessings.
~ Peg Koller ~
“Blessing the Way” by Jan Richardson (Adapted)
With every step you take, this blessing rises up to meet you.
It has been waiting long ages for you.
Look close and you can see the layers of it,
how it has been fashioned
by those who walked this road before you,
how it has been created of nothing but
their determination and their dreaming…
… Look closer and you will see this blessing is not finished,
that you are part of the path it is preparing,
that you are how this blessing means
to be a voice within the wilderness
and a welcome for the way.
This week’s Creation Care resources for families – shared by Rev. Sue & the Creation Care Team:
(This is the end of the Creation Care Pilgrimage. We’ve created an archive, so you can return to any of the resources we’ve shared!)
Green Christmas: Decorations, Feast, and Gifts:
Have an old-fashioned Christmas decorating evening with the kids. String popcorn and cranberries to decorate the tree. Turn dried orange slices into tree ornaments. Sip cocoa, eat homemade Christmas cookies, read a passage from “A Christmas Carol“ by Charles Dickens, and appreciate the joy of the season.
Fashion & Clothing:
Sustainability in production is becoming a fascinating field for young people to pursue in high school, and even in grade school. Read – “Want to Teach Ethical Fashion to Kids? Here’s How.”
Teach your children how cloth is made. Did they know it takes 714 gallons of water to make one t-shirt?
Place a one gallon jug outside and see how many days it takes to fill with rain water.
Take an old t-shirt you were going to throw away and see how many new things you can make of it –decorate it and reuse it as ribbon and wrapping for a present, a costume for a teddy bear, an apron for a doll, or braid strips of it to make a bracelet or a hair tie.
Pests & Pesticides:
Watch videos from Conservation International, like “Mother Nature.”