A verse we know of so well being a Waldorf inspired home at this time of year…
‘The first light of Advent is the light of stone–.
Light that lives in crystals, seashells, and 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 in least.
The fourth light of Advent is the light of humankind–
The light of hope that we may learn to love and understand.” Rudolf Steiner.
I’ve had many message me and ask as a Catholic how I include this in my advent celebrations. For me it’s very simple, it is a very simple and beautiful way of reflecting on the world God has created, from the very rocks and minerals which have fused together to form this beautiful planet we live on, to the plants and trees which build its habitats, the creation of the most beautiful array of animals - to us human beings - all leading us to the one who’s coming we celebrate on Christmas Day, Christ. The light of the world.
Steiner said about the Christmas festival..
“The birth of the light will be followed by life in the light. Christians, therefore, should not see in the Christmas festival something that passes. It is not a memorial festival commemorating what has occurred in the past. The Christmas message does not say, “Christ has been born, Christ was born.” It says, “Today Christ is born.” Today is always emphasized. This is significant. The emphasis on today should be understood in the sense in which Christ has spoken, “I am with you always even unto the end of days.” This confronts us anew each year and reveals to us the connection between man and the heavens.” (From Signs and Symbols of the Christian Festival, Lecture One)
I shared this image last year of a simple tradition that can sit alongside your Christmas wreath. One which reflects on the world around us. A world where Christ is ever present and we reflect on the mysteries and wonder of him coming to be.
Wishing you all an amazing second week of advent, is it me or is the time just flying by so quickly?