The wear and tear of old age has took a toll on her life. The way she lived has for the most part disappeared. It’s difficult for the whole family. So. We snapped a picture of her and us, the Original Palmer 5, during a good moment on Thanksgiving evening. It made me realize that despite her circumstances, her legacy is active and ongoing within our lives. And. I’ve realized the value of her legacy is dependent on how we receive it, which means our family needs to be more intentional in preserving her legacy, including the family traditions she received from generations past.
Advent is one of the traditions that mattered to her. It begins four Sundays before Christmas, practiced for hundreds of years by the generations of the past. When you get down to it, Advent, is a way to tell the story of the divine Gift, making sure the story continues on. Telling the story is part of the legacy for those of us who live the “with-God” life. The story telling began yesterday as the first of five candles were lit in many churches and homes around the world, symbolizing hope. And. We did the same, renewing our commitment to tell the story through the Advent season.
The first candle, symbolizing hope, was lit as we began repeating the familiar words of the story. We talked about how hope is an invisible but tangible gift from God, agreeing it does not always make sense. And. With God, there’s always hope. Always.
Hope says: Don’t give up. God is doing infinitely more, far beyond what could ever be thought, prayed, or imagined. Hope echoes the words of the angel announcing Christ’s coming, “ For nothing will be impossible with God!” (Luke 1:37, NRSV)
So. As one Advent candle is lit each day this week, we are focusing on the gift of hope with renewed awareness for the need to keep telling the story of God, focusing on the Hope that changes our story.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)