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In addition to being the first day of the month, it is also the first day of arrival. I grew up watching the Advent seasons at home. My Eid celebration is different now than I am older than myself, but I still try to keep the Advent in my heart and soul until December, no matter how busy the past year has been, I miss it a lot. busy my workplace to really feel the arrival of Christmas, but I think it will be different this year.
I'm happy to stumble upon this thought-provoking article about the Advent Period The New York Times today. The author, an Anglican priest, offers a reminder that, according to the church calendar, Advent is not a Christmas celebration. This celebration begins on Christmas day. & # 39; Advent & # 39; it is our own Christmas reading, and that readiness includes recognition of our hunger and desire for fulfillment.
The author, Tish Harrison Warren, wrote,
For Christians, Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus – that light went dark and, according to the Gospel of John, "the darkness could not prevail." , in that darkness.
Advent's repetition is about to be in pain: it is our deep desire, a rare expression that we get things right and complete in this moment. We live in a world that is still in turmoil, violence, suffering, darkness. Advent finds a place for our grief, and reminds us that we all, in one way or another, are not only harmed by the tragedy of the world but also of ourselves, who are insulting, contributing to our moments of cruelty or intolerance or resistance. .
Although I have not experienced the same faith as Warren sees, I am touched by the details of the human condition that “something must be fixed.” Tragedy and darkness are part of our world and our experiences are part of our what the meaning and existence of happiness signify.
During holidays, it is difficult not to feel the pressure to remember all the time; As Warren points out, this stress can be part of what adds to the "holiday ambitions" that many people feel when their emotions do not match the expectations of seasonal happiness.
In Warren's opinion, though, the acknowledgment of suffering may be part of the Advent era:
We need to put the joint rhythm in the space for it both sadness and happiness. . . Stopping, for a little, from the compulsions of coercion, and instead of the reality of human tragedy and my need for and brokenness, allows my Christmas experience to be emotional not only sustainable but also clearly. reasonable, important and loving.
This has changed for me personally, and it really resonated with what I was feeling at Thanksgiving last week.
Over the last few years, I have gone on holidays with a lot of hope and hope, a seasonal desire to make things shine, or to get things right. I didn't feel that way Thursday morning, when I woke up. I am happy to have my mother with plans and a special opportunity to thank her, which is what that day is for me. But she has no vision of the day or thought as she is had be. And it ended up being one of the best holidays we had in previous years.
I appreciate how special the holidays are; Apart from any spiritual meaning, they feel like me, if only because they were a big part of my childhood and continue to be an important habit for me and my mother.
But I think it's important to have a place for grieving at this time of the year, not necessarily because it invites us to be happy but that's why. My doctor gently reminds me that you cannot silence one side of the feelings without eventually silence, and I find it to be true. By acknowledging the sadness of our world and our lives, we are making ourselves capable of assessing and experiencing sweetness.
I enter Advent in a quiet, gentle manner with everything. This includes happiness and happiness, but also includes all the true manifestations of human truth. I remember to acknowledge the suffering that has afflicted people and animals everywhere in the world, even as I wish for peace and good for all of us.
Happy December, friends. Here are some recipes and readings.
I'm sorry I didn't stumble upon the mashed potatoes this time Thanksgiving!
Great, beautiful rice salad.
Just the most popular and most interesting cookbook I found.
Lentil Allie & # 39; s lentils and squash squash are simple, but very good for a holiday center.
I love bulgur, and the golden fragrance is on my list of recipes to try!
1. My heart warmed to Erin McDowell's memory of her grandmother's bread. Whether you like baking soda or not, it is a wonderful gift to promote your kitchen stay.
2. This is not a new video, but it reminded me of how powerful the plant is!
3. Tragically, life expectancy in the United States has declined because of the high mortality rates in Central America. The article described opioid epidemic as a major factor, but heart disease is another. This makes me hope that plant-based dietary changes, which may help prevent it, continue to grow.
4. I love this story of camaraderie and cheap bread in my city. (Underground surface, at least.)
5. Finally, Tish Harrison Warren discusses the Advent Period.
This week, a holiday-friendly, comfort food preparation for winter. Until very recently
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