Advent was an important time in our family. I am an only child, so my memories are about small gatherings. Our church prepared a series of weekly meditations for families that included a Bible story, a prayer, and a carol. We lit the Advent wreath candles each week and added another piece to the manger until Christmas Eve when baby Jesus was placed in the creche.
When our grandmother fell in our living room less than 24 hours after arriving in our new home in Kentucky for a visit, her 4-day visit ended up being about 8 weeks..
I attended a workshop recently where the presenter shared his perspective about the life course which looked a lot like a hill with a very sharp, downward trajectory..