Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Happy Advent!

I was holding my second cup of tea while staring at the fireplace and listening to the Christmas songs played on our iTV. It’s quiet a wintry night and I just finished decorating the Christmas tree.

“You know, I was sorting through these pictures back when I had a lot of money”, my husband interrupted from the kitchen. He’s been doing a gallery for his office and the bonus room has been a real mess.

“So, were you happier then than you are now?” asked me.

“I’m no happier than I am now. Money is not everything” he replied.

Then the conversation jumps up to telling him how happy I was then regardless of our family’s financial constraints. I’m talking about those good old days when my Dad will just grab a branch of tree down the hill. Oh, we were so excited to put Christmas balls on it while Mom was busy making lanterns made of crepe paper. The joys it brought to me were different then. The yearning, the joyful hoping and vibrant dreaming were more intense and profound.

“That’s what my Dad kept telling me that the journey is sweeter than the arrival” my husband remarked. How true that is!

I realized life is all about advent. From the moment I wake up in the morning, there’s that joyful hoping in my heart for a meaningful day, a yearning for God’s embrace and a prayer of gratitude and asking for guidance…that I may be His voice or I may be His face in every moment.

I have always looked at life as an adventure, a journey to the unknown. And yes, awareness is my best companion. There’s so much to discover if you’re always attentive. I see ample of hopes in a fog of quiet disappointments, greater excitements of things that I’m about to discern and that the world is filled with endless beauty and possibilities. I always see precious riches I have been given to live, to experience, and to share. And that what keeps me awake, vibrant, young and hopeful! Most of all, it’s a gratitude that while I am worthy there is something worthier and greater than me.

And oh, like you…I’m keeping Christ this Christmas too! Happy Advent!

8 Grateful Heart's Words:

Ree said...

Beautiful tree! Happy Advent and Merry Christmas to you too! :)

Jeff Aspacio said...

That is a very nice Christmas tree! I hope you have a blessed Christmas season!

Avatar said...

Nice Christmas tree. By the way, I'm trying to develop gratitude attitude lately... It's been going on for sometime. :)

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Wow, the title of the post sort of puzzled me. I thought you posted an article about lent, hehehe, lol. Yes, advent means a beginning and how right you are to say that each morning is a beginning of something special in our lives. Your husband was musing about the good old days but you are right in focusing on the more important and lasting things in life. Life is always an ebb and flow. Sometimes we're up, and sometimes we're down. We just have to learn to keep in step with the flow of life because all things come to pass. As you said, each morning gives us hope of a better and more meaningful day. Thanks for the feel good post. God bless you all always.

Debbie said...

Oh how I've missed visiting your blog sweet Shawie! So glad I stopped by today to visit. And yes, money doesn't bring happiness. Jesus makes me happy no matter what is going on.

Hugs to you,

hitesh rawat said...

hey....nice tree......decorating tree and shopping is the best part of Christmas.....naahh....celebrating with the best part....

happy holidays.....\,,,/

FishHawk said...

Well, quite obviously, I have been able to visit your site again without facing the whiteout. So, I don't know what was going on before.
Anyway, "A Grateful Heart" has been included in this weeks A Sunday Drive. I hope this helps to attract even more new visitors here.

Mhar's Display said...

Have a happy Christmas to you and your husband too Shawie.