We got into small groups to share our symbols, and choose one to take back to the big group. In our sharing and discussion there was a convergence on the idea of Advent as a time of waiting… in stillness, emptiness, silence. There was, for us, a clear distinction between Advent as a time of inner preparation for the renewed coming of Jesus into our world and lives, and the busy-ness of all the external preparations for Christmas. Both are filled with joyful anticipation, but if we get too caught up in one we can easily forget the other!
We chose this image as our symbol of this waiting in silence, emptiness and hope…
|Russische Bettlerin, Barlach|
Happy Advent everyone!