Plastic Christmas trees with glittery ornaments have been popular in the shops of Phnom Penh this December, but the anticipation and bustling preparations are distinctly missing. For me, listening to Handel s Messiah and reading the lectionary every morning with my housemates has helped bring some definition to Advent here in the tropics.
It is the harvest season in Cambodia, and the rice fields have turned that lovely old that glows in the dusk as the wind brings the weary workers home. But, there is also a somberness this year since so many fields were destroyed with the flooding.
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