Kristin Molitor: The school of Advent

“It is necessary to sit in the school of Advent so that we can learn that in our darkest hour it is safe to trust and that perhaps, it is in our darkest hour, that it is safest to trust.”

Surrender, and receive

As nearly any of their Christmas shopping lists would suggest, parents know all about surrendering wants and desires — primarily, their wants and desires — for the sake of their children. Going “without,” or with less, is part and parcel of “surrender.”