It happens almost every Monday morning — the Big Backpack Cleanout. Most often, it unfolds in the van on the way to school, when the kids realize they’ll need a clean slate for the week ahead. Often, I’ll be waiting at a red light when the papers start spewing forth. It’s almost as if there’s a homework-making machine hidden somewhere in the back seat and the kids have pushed the output button, and like a slot machine at Vegas hitting “Jackpot,” the treasures pour forth at an overwhelming rate.
This morning, from among the hoards of papers that made their way to the front of the van during the Big Backpack Cleanout, I recovered a shiny, golden coin that stood out from the others and promised more than any jackpot win. It absolutely set my morning right!
Now that the pink candle of our Advent wreath has been lit, we know that Christmas is very near, and our first-grader’s artwork further illustrates just where we’re at and why.
I wish you all a particularly peaceful and fruitful week ahead as the Advent season begins to cresendo toward the climactic moment — that infant’s cry that will change the world as we know it.
Have you experienced peace this Advent? If so, what have you done to help cultivate it?