If I lived on the beach maybe Jeff and I would take Oliver, our two year old son ,to collect seashells- one a day for Advent.
On Christmas day we would say a prayer thanking God for the small gifts He brings, for things like seashells...and how I love that He came to us gentle and small a baby in Bethlehem loving us all.
We would stroll in the sand along the shore watching the sunrise bringing
Joy to the World ,
the Lord is come!
We would pray
Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room,
As we listen we would hear the sounds of
Heaven and nature sing, Heaven and nature sing, Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.
Then we would toss all our shells in the sea as the ocean roars victoriously
No more let sins and sorrows grow, Nor thorns infest the ground; He comes to make His blessings flow Far as the curse is found, Far as the curse is found, Far as, far as, the curse is found.
Then we would walk away, listening to waves
Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat the sounding joy Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.
They echo over and over like his mercies that will never end for
He rules the world with truth and grace, And makes the nations prove The glories of His righteousness,
and finally we would come back home. Watch Oliver open presents beneath the tree, Oliver, whose name means affection, fruitfulness, and peace. As I would stare at him and my heart would sing
"and wonders of His love, and wonders of His love, and wonders, wonders, of His love."
- The photos includes sand and shells from a trip Jeff and I took to Hilton Head Island before we had Oliver. It is a wonderful vacation spot. We got to tour Savannah, Georgia which was very close by.
- The book in the photo was a gift from one of my students back when I taught fourth grade Social Studies and Science. It is called Outside you Window A First Book of Nature