Tag Archive: advent


Advent word: Gather

We gather gifts. We gather together. We are gathered by our gathering, the sharing and the exchange. That’s the part that makes us rich. Gather, share, and be enriched. #gather #hui #adventwords2019

Advent word: Water

The Maori word for water, wai, can also mean tears or a river or a song. Doesn’t that make so much sense?
And when Mary’s waters break: tears, a river, and a song. #water #wai #adventwords2019

Advent word: Harmony

Today friends with a large mulberry tree shared their abundance with us, a juicy mango from the kinder fundraiser of another friends’ son, apricots from our next door neighbour. The world seems a fruitful, friendly place. #harmony #reretahi #adventwords2019

Advent word: Confess

Mary confesses she believes in God. I am a believer in God  too. It’s becoming a more difficult confession to make. I may join Mary, but I join Trump, Scott Morrison and Israel Folau too.  It’s Eden’s bittersweet fruit. I can’t pray for other people to be different, only that I might change myself. “God, please God, keep  me from apathy”… To know God is to be changed but we’re all still human. To know the light is to also know the dark.  #confess #whāki #adventwords2019

Advent word: Grace

Today I’m preparing Nonna’s broadbeans with first harvest from our garden. Handwritten, this is written out by a friend I don’t see much anymore but there is love and nourishment yet in the co-cooked closeness of a shared meal, or not. A different friend comes over for dinner and the love and nourishment are paid forward somehow. We give thanks for that. #grace #arohanoa #adventwords2019

Advent word: Root

Down there, in the dark unseen places, there you will find what nourishes you. There you will discover deep tendrils of strength to draw on when life’s storms come. Sit down here, can I get you a drink?  A lot can’t be made sense of from a view of days and weeks but in the light of years and generations… how does that change your view of now? Let’s visit our deepest places together and nourish each other. What land are you on? Where are your people? What are you grounded in? No answers, ay? Let’s sit with the questions. #root #paikiaka #adventwords2019

Advent word: Worthy

I’m thinking on fragility and strength today, those bonds like love, blood, family, trust… sometimes they can feel as strong and hard as iron and sometimes as delicate and fragile as a bubble that could easily burst and disappear. We are worthy of these things wherever we find them. Those who affirm us, people who celebrate and grieve with us, people we don’t have to hide or mute part of who we are with. People who accept the call we’ve heard, the choice we’ve made. You are worthy wherever you are. Chosen just as you are. #worthy #paitonu #adventwords2019

Advent word: Unity

Hanging out with friends and fam #unity #kotahitanga #adventwords2019

Advent words: House

home

There is food in the eating place and blankets in the sleeping place for you. Our mess and our making. We will make room for you. This is home. I was born in Wellington, New Zealand and the spirit that forms my breath carries the Southerly off the Alps and salty water from the Straits is in my blood. I’ve lived in Melbourne for 13+ years now, but I know if there was a census tomorrow, I would travel, and family in Wellington would say: There is food in the eating place and blankets in the sleeping place for you… this is not a gift that everyone can know. #house #kainga #adventwords2019

Advent Word: Raise

She wears her sunhat and a backpack half as big as she is as we walk home from school. We raise her, sure, but to stay ahead of her questions, her development, her wonder… I am skipping to keep a hair ahead and in this I am raised up to meet her where she will be. We lift each other up. #raise #hāpai #adventwords2019 #goddaughterdays