I had a rather striking Advent moment this weekend that I'd like to share with you. I had bought a beautiful little doll crib for my niece at a craft fair, made out of basket work. It was lovely- but it didn't look very cozy, so I decided that I should make bedding for it. I found some felt, and some variegated embroidery thread, and got to work, making a little sleeping bag and a matching pillow, with lazy daisy decoration.
It took longer than it should have done. Like you, I have so much to do, especially as my parents are arriving on Friday night! But as I was sewing away, I felt completely at peace. I thought of the dolls that Rosanna would lovingly lay in that crib, and how pleased my sister would be that I had taken time to make something, and the sewing itself became a prayer. We are all so busy this season, but taking time to make something reminds us of so many things; that we are human, that we have gifts and talents, that we share this knowledge with parents and grandparents, and hand down this knowledge to our children, that often our time is so much more valuable a gift than our money, and that whatever ever we offer to one another, we offer to God.
Parents of children in the Firelight class received something special last Sunday - a hand-made card asking their parents for a mosquito net for Christmas. these cards were wonderful; colorful, funny, and carefully created. If your heart had been softened by this request, the cost of a net is $12, and checks should be made out to Grace Church, with " mosquito nets" in the memo line. Thank you!
Preparations for the pageant are going really well. We have cast nearly all the characters except for the three speaking shepherds, so if you are looking for a small moment to shine, here is your opportunity! There will be a speaking rehearsal after Church this Sunday the16th, and of course the full rehearsal on Saturday, December 22, 9:00 AM to 12.30 PM, including lunch. The plan is that we will run through the Pageant twice with lots of stops and starts, then have lunch, and then do a final run in our costumes.