In our garden we plant host plants like Milkweed, fennel,dill and parsley for butterflies. Once the larvae ravenously feed on these and undergo the change to chrysalis, nothing much seems to be happening until, metamorphosis complete, the limp wet wings begin to emerge and struggle to unfurl. During this process if there is any attempt to help or rush the struggle, averting the necessary conditions for growth and transformation, the butterfly will not fly or live.
In many ways, Advent is a similar process of waiting and transformation. We may be tempted to rush the slow but steady journey but we need to take the time to live and lean into the meaning and experience of the coming of Christ. It is not yet Christmas. It is Advent, a time to anticipate the story and meaning. In her book Simply Wait, Pamela Hawkins suggests that we take a walk through our home, room by room, and say a short blessing in each space. “Take your time, imagine how you will live in this time and place over the next few weeks in ways that could help you not to hurry Christmas.”
What other ways help you be present to this Advent day and let Christmas unfold?