I don’t want to miss it.

It’s Advent.  Days 1-3 weren’t too bad…these mornings were spent reading my Advent devotional while I was still in bed.  I had great plans to add in listening to some music as well – but that has yet to happen.  But the days have been quiet and the truth of the words, the prayers and the scripture have been able to sink in.  We wake early, so the room is dark – lit only by the backlight of the kindle app on my phone.  

“Give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light…”

The waiting and darkness and quiet of Advent have been apparent…until today.

I was tense. I was stressed. The weight of work and schedules were heavy on my shoulders.

But today’s homily is about living in 2 seasons.  Both about expectation – but very different expectations.  

Advent about the expectation of watching for Christ.  

Christmas Shopping Season is about being expected to live up to the season.  It’s anxious and expensive and stressful.

Today I was given permission to ask for more peace.  To turn my attention to Christ and enjoy the quiet.  Nothing lies on my shoulders other that just simply showing up, and being open to waiting and listening.

And that made all the difference.

By the way –

It’s not too late to experience Advent.  If you’re looking for a great devotional, this is what I’m reading – The Harpooner by Fr. Thomas McKenzie – http://www.amazon.com/Harpooner-Thomas-McKenzie-ebook/dp/B00GJAWFRQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386211776&sr=1-1&keywords=thomas+mckenzie

I’ve heard great things about Advent and Christmas with Thomas Merton as well as Watch for the Light which is made up of readings from Bonhoeffer, Eliot, Merton, L’Engle, Lewis, Nouwen, and more

Also – music to me is a huge element of Advent as well…might I suggest:

Future of Forestry – the 3 Advent Eps
Young Oceans – Advent Deluxe
Charlie Brown Christmas
And if you just go in Amazon’s music section and type in Advent, you’ll find a plethora of orchestras, choirs and collections made for the season.