The new church year begins and a new note is struck: It is a time of preparation and waiting, because even though, as autumn grinds to a dark and murky halt, everything is dying and falling asleep and falling off, something brand new is coming. Hope is coming.
This may be a day or two late, but this DIY Advent garland is easy and versatile enough to whip up in just a few minutes. Here's a link to the Dropbox folder that holds the scripture and the corresponding numbers, starting December first through the twenty fifth. I printed mine out front and back and then splattered the numbers with gold paint to add a little something sparkly.
The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
To waiting, to reflection, to sloughing off coats of haircloth.