This time of the year in many parts of the world,  evening skies don’t reveal gorgeous sunsets and birds are seldom seen flying overhead dotting the horizon. There’s really nothing spectacular in the sky.  And maybe
maybe … that’s the wonder of it all.

The slight colour differences in the sky peering through the almost-barren-trees in this photo I took from the back yard bring a sense of tranquility, a feeling of calm, a gentle presence of the Holy, especially in these more-than-politically-trying-times and are reminders of the themes of the four weeks of Advent: Hope. Love. Joy. Peace.

I am making an intentional choice … focus, focus, focus on those themes.  Not ignore the realities, implications or consequences of the more-than-politically-trying-times and personal concerns, but choose to focus on that which can encourage, nourish, enrich body, mind and spirit.

Whether waiting for Christmas … and the Son to be born anew at Christmas
or waiting for Winter Solstice … and the Sun to be born anew, may the next coming four weeks of Advent bring blessings of hope, love, joy, peace to this world, relationships and personal lives in ways that can’t even begin to be asked or imagined.

I choose to focus on the wonder of the message of the skies, the wonder of the possibilities … albeit seemingly remote.  I choose to focus on “The Wonder Of It All.”


© june maffin