Awakening a Keen Observer

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Ready or Not

Chris Armstrong in Christian History magazine wrote. " in the protected, quiet times of meditation, I can respond as I imagine believers have done on every Advent since the tradition began:

I can bow my head and prepare my heart to receive the One who is always present, but who seems distant in the busyness of the season.

I can mourn for my hardness of heart.

I can hope in God's grace.

And I can rejoice that in answer to the cry, "O come, O come, Emmanuel," he came."

Amen Chris, let it be so. What a great summary of how many feel during this time of year. The to-do lists weigh us down like heavy snow. The must-buys' and the oh my's all add up and our nerves quiver with the electricity of actions. We make choices, wonder about them, and then go on. Did my uncle really want this. And when my cousins said we weren't going to buy presents for each other, were they serious or will they have a little something for us and us not anything but ourselves?

I hope in God's that what I receive is the fullness of God's mercy and the energy to pass it on.

God abides
Bobbie Giltz McGarey


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