Sunday, November 30, 2014

Advent Spiral

Tonight was the Advent Spiral at church. We were so happy to share this beautiful tradition with our church comminity for the first time last year, and are happy to be able to continue it again this year. 
 Preparing the apples. 
Such a hard working group of girls!
 The girls and I were so grateful to have so much help this year! We couldn't believe when we were done in just under an hour! What a blessing! 
 Emma was the first to walk the spiral this year.  
Grace was next. Walking the Advent Spiral is beloved by both girls but especially Grace. She has been waiting all year for this enchanting night.
Everything about this night is truly magical. The smells. The pretty background music. Watching as the spiral goes from darkness to light. It really is the perfect way to enter into the final few weeks of the year (and the busy days that fill the holiday season). We look forward to sharing this tradition with our beloved faith community for years to come. xo
Advent Spiral Poem

Deep Mid-Winter drawing near,
Darkness in our Garden here –
One small flame yet bravely burns
To show a path which ever turns.
Earth, please bear us as we go,
Seeking Light to send a-glow:
Branches green and moss and fern,
Mark our path to trace each turn.
Brother animals, teach us too
To serve with patience as you do.
We walk with candle toward the Light
While Earth awaits with hope so bright:
In the Light which finds new birth
Love may spread o’er all the Earth.
Deep Mid-Winter drawing near –
May Light arise in our Garden here.

-Nancy Foster

8 comments:

  1. Just beautiful Shel. We were talking about an Advent spiral at dinner this evening, explaining it to Reece. Hoping one day to do one of our own...

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    1. Thanks Kim! I hope ya'll get to do one too. It really is truly magical and totally something you would love! xo

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  2. Just gorgeous... What a beautiful tradition...

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  3. I love this, Shel. I really really really really love this. How beautiful and amazing! So special for not only your children but for you as adults knowing you are giving this beautiful gift to your children and the children of your fellow congregants. What a wonderful way to start the Advent season!

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    1. Oh Patricia, it's just the most magical thing! The pictures are great but to see it in person is even more enchanting and captivating! Old and young alike can't help but being in awe of watching as it goes from darkness to light! It truly is the perfect way to begin Advent! xo

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  4. Beautiful church. And gorgeous tradition :)

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