Haven't written in a while - still struggling to find the new rhythm in my work patterns. I think that I'll be moving to writing once weekly on Saturdays instead of twice weekly as I have been for the last 2+ years. So, if you're setting your notifications, look for my musings on the weekend from now on.
It's Advent, the start of a new liturgical year and the season of anticipation. I'm musing on that, especially as I have a number of things on my heart now days. I'm finding that I'm identifying with the young Mary who had overwhelming things happen to her and yet we're told that she "treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart." I'm amazed at the spiritual maturity of someone who is thought to have been around 14 years of age when all this happened.
It is easy to be overwhelmed at this season. Much busyness and parties and shopping and..... It seems to never end until we are so worn out and cynical that we can't enjoy the season for the great gift that it is. Maybe we should return again to the simplicity of Mary and Joseph and the living G-d who comes to us naked and helpless and urgently requesting our love and attention (as only babies can do). Maybe we should look again at the grace and the peace that is promised as well as the coming of the new convenant. It is much to treasure...it is much to ponder.
So, during this Advent season I offer this prayer for all of you that the light of G-d might descend once again to your heart. That you might be "strangely warmed" as John Wesley was, and that you might ponder who G-d is for you, and what G-d coming to Earth might hold for your life.
May the peace that passes all understanding be yours now and forever. Amen!