We are in the last days of Advent with a giant winter storm bearing down. Some of us have a growing sense of excitement and others have a growing sense of dread – both for the arrival of the storm and Christmas. In both cases, if you are in a safe, warm place I encourage you to seek peace amidst the chaos.
As we traveled through Advent, we stopped to look at how God, how faith, can bring hope, peace, joy, and love into our lives in the place where human spirit and Holy Spirit meet. For many of us the journey has been complicated by grief, illness, anxiety, depression, or other challenges. Yet, we are all here in the last moments between Advent and Christmas.
With snow and temperatures falling and the promise of worse weather to come, do what you need to do to prepare in body, mind, and spirit. Do what you can to help neighbors who may not have what they need to be safe. Then turn yourself toward peace.
- Can you see the beauty in the falling snow?
- Do you feel a bit of holiness in the strength of the wind?
- Is there gratitude in being safe and warm?
- Can you slow down and breathe deeply in the light of your Christmas tree and/or Advent candles?
- Will you pray for your neighbors, those who have to be out in the weather, and for the challenges in your own life?
- Will you take time to seek the Babe in Bethlehem who brings holy Light into the world?
Christmas will arrive with all the majesty of a blizzard or as quietly as the first star of night. Either way, it is a renewal of the promise that God’s Love is always breaking into the world, into our lives, if we take time to notice.
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