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by Laura Thornton

“I love your necklace, the colors are beautiful.”

Advent is about waiting and expecting. I’ve been living with those words in the most fun, expectant way even before Advent began.

Several weeks ago a friend was wearing a great necklace and as I commented on it, she took it off and gave it to me. “It’s yours”, she said. “It was given to me by another teacher and now I’m passing it on to you.”

I tried to say no, but she persisted, so I put on this fabulous necklace and wore it many times over the following weeks. Each day that I wore the necklace I was waiting for someone to admire it in just the way I had admired it. I was expecting to give it away, just as it had been given to me.

Yesterday, in the midst of Advent, I ran a quick errand to The Container Store. I did not feel rushed, I had time to shop, wait in line, pay for my items. Then as I was taking my receipt, the cashier looked at me and said those words which opened my meditation. “I love your necklace, the colors are beautiful.”

I took off the necklace, told her the story of passing it on and gave it to her. She was grateful and surprised. As I walked out the door, her coworkers were gathering around to find out what had happened. There was excitement in the air and I felt blessed and thankful for the opportunity to share something with a stranger.

For me, these are the feelings of Advent. It is a time filled with expectation, surprise and sharing things we find beautiful. There is always time to share with each other when we are waiting for, and expecting the opportunity.

For Presence
by John O’Donohue

Awaken to the mystery of being here
and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.

Have joy and peace in the temple of your senses…

Take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek
no attention.

May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven
around the hear of wonder.