Simon’s Says ~ from Alan

My daughter Clare confessed to me last week that when she was young she never liked the times that Thanksgiving was as early as it was this year (can’t get any earlier than Nov 22 now, can it?).  She said the lag between the holiday and the start of Advent – ten whole days! – made Christmas seem that much further away.  When you’re a kid, you just don’t want to wait that long for a favorite holiday.

Kent Siladi, Minister and President of our Connecticut Conference, posted a photo of his iPad the other day.  It was updating to the latest ios, and the thin blue line across the middle indicated the process was progressing painfully slowly.  Kent had work to do – though I noticed he had time to post the picture on social media, so the work cannot have been too pressing – and he was eager to get to it; he didn’t like having to wait that long.

You probably see where this is going… wait for it…

As both Clare and Kent can tell you, Advent begins this Sunday.  Advent, that time of the church year that is defined as a time of waiting, and it seems like waiting is the last thing we have time for.  But this is exactly what Advent brings, the gift of time:  four weeks of waiting, of anticipation, of hopefulness.  We neither can nor want to put the calendar in fast-forward to hurry Christmas, it will take its own time to get here and this is a good thing.

Because after all, don’t good things come to those who wait?

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