This came from The Rev. Sandra B. McCann, M.D. during the night.  I want to share it with you.

December 2004

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing.  Isaiah 35: 1-2a

Advent Season in central Tanzania is a time of great hope for the greening of the dry barren earth which has not had rain since last December.  And, indeed, in the three weeks since our move from Kenya to Tanzania, the above verses describe the nearly overnight transformation that occurs when the rainy season comes.   The desert blooming in central Tanzania means that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  And indeed, everywhere you go, one sees families energetically hoeing the red sandy soil  for the planting of maize, millet, peanuts, and beans.  While in the darkness of the northern hemisphere, Advent is a time of preparing for the coming of The Light into a dark world, in this part of the southern hemisphere Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of The Living Water to a dry land.