Posé: A pause or rest stop along the Voyageurs' portage trail. Usually about ½ mile apart. We invite you to take a pause in your day to reflect and pray with us.  

John 1: 1-10  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life,[a] and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

I've never been good at waiting: waiting for the school bus, waiting for the week to be over, waiting to see someone I love, waiting for a summer at camp, even waiting for my nails to dry - all a struggle. That's why advent, while simultaneously being my favorite time of the year, is excruciating for me. I want this period of waiting to be over and for it to be Christmas. To exchange gifts with loved ones, to read by Christmas tree lights on Christmas eve, to spend time with my friends and family, and to have a much needed break from school.

The past few years, advent has especially been painful because it not only has meant getting ready for Christmas, but also getting ready for the end of a semester. I spent most of the advents of my college years sitting in the library while writing papers and cramming for finals. I felt like I wasn't waiting for Jesus, but more so waiting to go home. It was hard to feel that advent and the Christmas season was happening because there were too many other things to get done. I had difficulty remembering that it wasn't going home I was waiting for, but actually the birth of Jesus and the "light of all people" coming into the world.

This year, having graduated from college and living back in my hometown, advent has taken on a different feel for me. As a first year teacher, I am still pretty overwhelmed, but I feel that I have a bit more time to actually enjoy the season. I've had more opportunities to be involved in church and advent worships and been able to spend more time with family. I am still waiting, but I am enjoying the process more. I know that Christmas will be here soon enough, and with it the life and light that Jesus brings. But for now, I will enjoy reading by Christmas tree light, attending Advent worships at church, and remembering the love that Jesus brings us, not only in the Christmas season but to every season in our lives.

-Ellie Magner


Grand Rapids MN

VLM Summer Staff2012, 2013, 2014, 2015