The ways we can connect our faith to our families’ daily lives during this liturgical season—or any liturgical season really—are plentiful.
Blogs, books, and Pinterest are all brimming, full, and teaming with perfect ways of celebrating the O Antiphons, creating the most glistening and meaningful Jesse tree, delightfully becoming one with a thematic unit. They burst with creativity, with pure genius.
But how about choosing just one, or maybe two rituals and enjoying, immersing, absorbing those?
The nightly lighting, reading, and reverence around our Jesse Tree or Advent wreath. The special Advent book, read and loved and so inviting.
We may do well to try on these rituals and just be. There are stories my family has not only read, but tried on and lived. They are staples and they have led to more discussion, more depth, more meaning than can be described.
Those thematic plans and copiously researched unit studies? Fantastic! They certainly have a place. However, this Advent, alongside the checklists, the rituals, the lighting, the prayers, the reading, the ornament making—this Advent, allow the Spirit to guide.
This Advent, watch. Watch our children. Connect. Bloom. Infer. Associate. Realize. Watch them dig deep layers of the Truth, of the Meaning, of the Power.
All created by our Lord.
Who authors our destiny. Who gives strength. Who is the Reason.
Copyright 2013 Christine Mooney