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1st of 5-part series. Loosely based on “All earth is hopeful, the Savior comes at last!" Hymn 266, ELW
It is Advent. During the next twenty-five days until Christmas, my mind, my heart and my spirit will race frenetically in search.

Here in the kitchen, I have arranged my entire Christmas candle collection. Nearly 50 in all. Wax figurines: carolers with mouths formed like “O’s,” jolly snowmen, angels holding stars, toy soldiers and a Christmas goose. All situated among a village with houses, a church, country store and whatnot. Garland and a string of tiny white lights laced throughout brighten this simple scene.

Every year, the holidays come back to me like this. I become wrapped up in the season, tinkering with anticipation and waiting, all to fill an emptiness. (Meet me here tomorrow, Dec. 2, for the 2nd installment of my story. Meanwhile, what are you all wrapped up in?)

Photo caption: Luke 2:8-12, The Message, An Event for Everyone - "There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah...."