There is an old joke that says, “Time is God’s way of making sure everything doesn’t happen at once.” The truth is that we can’t pay attention to everything all the time. We simply don’t have the capacity. The liturgical calendar of the Church offers us the gift of perspective. It allows us to focus on particular aspects of the human experience in this season and other aspects in another season. In these days leading up to Christmas we enter into the season of Advent, with its themes of watching and waiting and preparing. It is a time to slow down and be intentional about taking a break from the hectic pace of our lives and our world. In so doing we create a little space for God to enter in and take up residence. We allow for the possibility that we will notice. As you move through this holiday time, with all of the festivities and activities which seek to lay claim to our time and attention, I invite you to also find some time to nourish your soul by basking in the quiet and the stillness which is also a part of this season. In the words of the psalmist (46:10), “Be still, and know that I am God!” May the blessings of this Advent season be yours.
- Pastor Roger
(keeping my feet firmly planted in the flow)