a coming into place, view, or being; arrival: the advent of the holiday season.
( usually initial capital letter ) the coming of Christ into the world.
( initial capital letter ) the period beginning four Sundays before Christmas, observed in commemoration of the coming of Christ into the world.
This is my dog, Taz. Taz is 9 months old. This is one of his morning rituals since we brought him home as an 8 week old pup. He is sitting at the top of the back deck stairs, taking in the world. It is the first thing in the morning, I have just let him out for his morning wakeup bathroom break. He doesn’t race down to the yard and take care of business right away. Sometimes, well, often times, I sit next to him in this moment. We have just gotten up and moving, he is smelling the air, looking for the neighbor’s dog Callie, listening to the birds awaken and begin their serenades, often he watches the small planes as they begin their ascent from the small general aviation airport nearby. Today he was mesmerized by a small gaggle of Canada geese, flying in V formation, honking as they pass by.
As it is now December, my thoughts are upon Advent, getting out the Christmas decorations, making through another holiday season at work. This morning I was reminded of what has become one of my favorite verses of Scripture, especially at this time of year.
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.
Verse 19, “But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” I also love to ponder. Apparently, I now have a dog that loves to ponder too. What do you need to ponder? Take some time and let it wash over you.