Monday, 24 December 2018

25: The 1 to 24 tiny doors of hope bringers...

The 1 to 24 tiny doors of hope bringers
Knock, and we will make room.





By Mary

(Put up on Christmas Eve with Lotte in tow just outside where Jill used to live. With fond memories...)

For those of you who got this far - this is the poem Annabelle wrote for us, which inspired us to make these boxes this advent:

Now is the waiting time
The writing a list and making a wish time               
The 1 to 24 tiny door chocolate surprise time,       
And we are the ones who wait.

1. Waiting
We are the tree on the corner waiting for Spring      
We are the bookmaker’s regular waiting for a win  
We are the 308 waiters sharing a shelter,
Half-smiling at an upstairs neighbour.
We are the hopeful news awaiters
The job-hunters, the dooms-dayers
The ordinary soothsayers
We are all gazing at the stars.                       

2. Accepting
Me, you, us. Car, bike, bus.
Shop, café, flat
Memory, moment, chat.
This city, this home
This street, well known.
These paths we tread,
Be still, take a breath.         
See, listen, touch.
We miss so much.
Touch, listen, see,
Us, you, me.

3. Journeying
Come, now and you will feel the world turn.              
Day breaks and night falls
Despite all.
We are the journeying ones
The time travellers, on and on.
Step by step, from near and far             
We journey on, we follow our star.

4. Birthing
And unto us, a new beginning
The days fall away with the leaves
Autumn seeds buried under
Winter ground
Germinate as we celebrate
In the park at the end of the street 
Shoots of life start to peep.

Here are the waiters, the journey takers,
From East and West, the star seekers,
The 1 to 24 tiny doors of hope bringers
Knock, and we will make room.





24: Here are the waiters...

Here are the waiters, the journey takers,

From East and West, the star seekers,






By Rebekah 

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Friday, 21 December 2018

21 & 22: Autumn seeds buried ....

Autumn seeds buried under
Winter ground
Germinate as we celebrate

pic still to come ;-)

By Stephanie and others

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

18: Step by step...

Step by step, from near and far
We journey on, we follow the star. 





By Helen

Monday, 17 December 2018

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

11: This street, well known...

This street well known. These paths we tread. 






By Lesley and Anne

Words by Anne....


It turned out to be a collaboration: it was Lesley’s ‘turn’ and she was musing on:

ADVENTURE: to dare to go forwards (or to ‘adventure’) we need to tread the paths we know and go beyond into the unknown; from the familiar to the unfamiliar and this takes courage. The hope in adventuring is that we journey and grow towards more fullness of life.

balance of the familiar with the unfamiliar can make this easier - not everyone has that luxury (for instance if you’ve had to leave all that is and who is familiar behind). 

But then work came along and an emergency took the time she had put aside to create it. So, I stepped in and tried to do something with her ideas (or at least the ones she’d shared!). Hidden behind a curtain that creates a sense of fogginess (The Cloud of Unknowing), we look down on the well-known streets and well-trodden paths but notice that the streets get new names: “adventure”, “risk”, “joy”, “wander”, “weep”, “hope”, “look”, “wisdom”, “love”, “learning”, “share”, “see”, “wait”. These are the “well-trodden” paths and streets of our lives and in advent we can take a moment to see where we have walked, do walk and will walk and remember we do not walk alone. And mirrors – to help us look in new ways and to see ourselves, where we are.

Anne 

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Friday, 7 December 2018

7: We are the hopeful....

We are the hopeful news awaiters
The job-hunters, the dooms-dayers
The ordinary sooth-sayers
We are all gazing at the stars.







By Stephen

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Monday, 3 December 2018

Sunday, 2 December 2018

2: The 1 to 24 tiny door...

The 1 to 24 tiny door chocolate surprise time
and we are the ones who wait



By Lynda

Saturday, 1 December 2018

1: Now is the waiting time...

Now is the waiting time. The writing a list and making a wish time.      







By Rhona