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A dear friend gave me that jingle bell ring in the photo. I’ve been wearing it everywhere, letting the tinkling sound call me into the present. What do I find but that it jingles the most when my hands are busy and my mind is wandering–cooking dinner, changing diapers, typing e-mail.

Because this season is all about giving presents and giving presence…

An excerpt from my favorite Advent reading material

Active waiting means to be present fully to the moment, in the conviction that something is happening where you are and that you want to be present to it. A waiting person is someone who is present to the moment, who believes that this moment is the moment…

A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us. Impatient people are always expecting the real thing to happen somewhere else and therefore want to go elsewhere. The moment is empty. But patient people dare to stay where they are.

“Waiting for God” Henri Nouwen

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