For Advent this year I’m participating in the #AdventWord project from Anglican Communion’s Global Advent Calendar with a daily meditation on the word for the day.

Even if you’re koi, you can still enjoy a gathering.

One of the most memorable quotes from the 1994 film Clerks is one I find relatable, albeit it comes from an otherwise unlikable character.

Dante Hicks: You hate people!
Randal Graves: But I love gatherings. Isn’t it ironic?

I’m clearly an introvert and I get anxious in crowds, but nonetheless I love gatherings.  Parties, parades, sporting events, concerts, and big events – as long as I have a comfortable spot on the edge of the crowd and avoid getting cornered for chitchat, I love them!  The great discovery of my 30s was that I can enjoy gatherings and being among people on my own terms and not the way other people define socializing.  Of course, Jesus said ” For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them,” and this type of gathering is the most rewarding. My favorite gatherings are face-to-face with a colleague, or a couple of friends, or best of all, with my children, one snuggled in each arm.

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