Over the last few years, I’ve had the very real joy of being a happy bystander as my husband, Matt, has learned to cook through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking cookbook.
The best moment was when he mastered her ever-challenging Beouf Bourginon (Beef Burgundy). It is a 10-hour cooking marathon that includes cooking bacon, simmering onions and garlic, and then letting the whole pot simmer for three hours.
It fills the house with amazing smells. I swear it permeates the walls with fantastic aromas. The 10 or so hours of smelling the beef burgundy are simply exquisite, followed only by the wonderful first bite of the feast.
I imagine the season of Advent looking something like this – waiting and waiting for the goodness to come, and yet, I think there is still tremendous joy in the waiting. The smells are delicious. The tiny tastes are heavenly. While not quite yet the meal, the time before is quite wonderful, too.
We’ll talk some on Sunday about this idea – that there is goodness as we wait and work for all to be right with the world. We’ll read from the very beginning of the gospel of Mark.
There is much in this season to enjoy. At 9:30 a.m., I hope you’ll join us for a conversation with Dr. Nate Stucky of Princeton Theological Seminary on the topic of “Wrestling with Rest." In worship, families will light Advent candles and we will explore the goodness of the time we are in right now.
Look forward to “seeing” you on Sunday.