Advent is a season that speaks softly to me, encouraging me to listen, observe, and reflect in quietness. My daily ritual is to light a candle in the darkness of each Advent morning, read aloud a poem or quotation, then sit quietly.
From November 28-December 24 , I will share a piece of writing that I have collected or written, which resonates with my own spiritual journey at this time of year. I hope that their words may be resources for your Advent practices. If you have Advent rituals and/or writing to add, I encourage you to leave them in the comments section for the rest of us to read.
Peace in this time of waiting and discovery.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


by Christine Rigden*

The land is grey
and wan December
hangs in barren branches,
cries from castle walls.
leaves are stilled
unmoved by winter's breath.

But the solitary trees,
in each clenched bud
silently enact
an Advent carol.

*(used with permission)
                                              Photographer - Peter Griffin

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