First light of Advent is the light of stones.
The light that shines in seashells, in crystals, and our bones.
The second light of Advent is the light of plants.
Plants that reach up to the sun and in the breezes dance.
The third light of Advent is the light of beasts.
All await the birth, from the greatest and the least.
The fourth light of Advent is the light of humankind.
The light of hope that we may learn to love and understand.
So far this week, we have turkey bones soaking in vinegar (to learn the importance of calcium!) and we've picked out the stones that will line Mary's path. I'm not sure where to lay her path, though. So for right now, we just admire the pretty stones and tell family stories about rock-hunting and my grandparents and how amazingly beautiful this Earth is.
I wish everyone a peaceful Advent, full of quiet reverence and preparation.