Saturday, December 7, 2013

Advent Journey: Connecting



We probably connect more with other people at this time of year than any other.  We send Christmas cards to family and friends we haven't seen for a long time. "Let's meet up soon!" we scribble at the bottom - and we genuinely mean it. Then there are the round robin letters - updating everyone on the highlights of our year, the long distance phone calls, emails, photographs, texts. There are so many ways to connect. 
And - we have the parties, carol services, nights out, lunches, concerts, events - so many places to connect. 
Sometimes we have to connect with people we'd rather avoid. Family members that you don't see eye to eye with, perhaps, or others you would normally avoid.
As we journey through Advent, we make these connections - some superficial, others more meaningful. For some it might mean a special connection is made, for others, a connection may be severed. Wherever you are on your path, God wants to make a connection with you - he always does. He came to be with us - to share in our humanity - He came as a baby to bring us hope in a new life. As we go forward to celebrate His birth, let us open our hearts and  truly connect with Him.

14 comments:

  1. I appreciate each and every one of your Advent posts...I look forward to each day!

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  2. I've been thinking about "connections" a lot lately, as well. As I'm getting older I'm releasing what doesn't bring me joy anymore. Unfortunately, this includes some relationships ~ both friends and family. It's sad that this has to happen but sometimes it can't be helped. I'm not so good at the superficial stuff anymore. : ) Thanks so much for this wonderful post. I really needed to read this this morning. : ) xo

    ~ Wendy
    http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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    1. It's hard, Wendy - we change and move on. Sometimes we need to let go with love. xx

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  3. I empathise with Wendy, superficiality is hard to sustain, sometimes it helps to look past it though to deeper truths of our need for connection with each other, as fractured and failing as we are.

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    1. I agree with you Paul - i think we have a need to be in contact with people who know us at this dark time of the year, and that it possible why we maintain these relationships that dont quite bring us joy. Maybe we need to look at ourselves, and see where we can connect. You never know when a word or a handshake can make a difference. xx

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  4. Thank you all for your lovely and supportive comments - and for joining me on the road xx

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  5. Lovely post and beautiful photo - could be a christmas card.

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  6. Joining with Floss, I came across your blog, noticing you were from Scotland. Just had to leave you a note and ask where you live so I can look it up as I follow you in the future.

    This past July, I visited on Lewis & Harris with a quick trip to Orkney, mostly n Kirkwall. I am a knitter and have become addicted to Jamieson & Smith yarns and Fair Isle knitting.

    Enough of this, as I could wax on about your neck of the woods forever.

    happy Advent and I enjoyed your posts!

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    1. Hi Nancy - I am on Lewis on the West side. How great that you were here - I hope you enjoyed it. We had a beautiful Summer. I received a beginners Fair Isle knitting book for my birthday and I cant wait to get started after my Christmas projects xx

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  7. connections with others is quite fluid. And yes we do Christmas cards or dinner parties. I find it doesn't matter what the connection is but that it IS.

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  8. Joining with you on the advent journey x

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