The tap-tap-tap of the keys on the keyboard.
Stairwell doors opening and closing.
The pouring of coffee into my travel mug from my office coffee pot.
These are the sounds I hear this time of year. The time in which students are long gone from their college home and for many are back home sleeping in, watching their favorite movies by the fire place, helping Mom finish Christmas shopping and readjusting to being around their siblings.
That is not the case for them all though. Many are going back to homes that are broken. Working part time jobs to help Mom and Dad provide Christmas. Sitting at the hospital with that loved one who is ill. That idealized version of life isn’t the case for many of us. There is pain. Hurt. Misunderstanding. Loss.
It’s hard to celebrate in the midst of such pain and hurt. The past few weeks have held some personal highs for our family. he beau finishing his first semester of nursing school, last minute weekend trips, celebrating 5 years of being together and a mini-vacation day last week.
But again, it’s hard to celebrate those things in the midst of such pain and hurt.
This season is difficult for many. It has been even more difficult with the Sandy Hook tragedy last week.
May we remember that the season of Advent is a reminder that God came into the world as a little babe–the Christ Child–to bring light where there was darkness.
May we each experience that Light this season.
Be well, and the happiest of holidays to you and yours.
See you in 2013!