There is nothing worse than boredom, but…
I don’t handle boredom well but, on the other hand, life can get too hectic. It’s like being suddenly diverted from the fast lane to the Indy 500. Every year at Christmas, I eliminate a few self-imposed activities in the hopes of slowing down the pace of preparation. I’ve down-sized gift giving. I’m slowly learning to simplify meal preparation. I don’t bake near as much as I once did mostly because it doesn’t get eaten at Christmas so I have to eat it afterwards.
But it still gets hectic. Which brings to mind the Advent themes of this week and last–PEACE and JOY.
PEACE- found in letting go and letting the God of the season be the reason I do things. ‘Prince of Peace, reveal yourself to us today. We need peace in our lives, our homes, our families, our church, and our whole world. Help us to slow down and seek out the peace you provide, so we may become peacemakers for ourselves and others. In your name, Prince of Peace, we pray. Amen.’
JOY- ‘Too often, we think joy is something big, O God. A brass band or a parade can certainly bring us joy. Just as easily and far more often, we can feel joy in a hug or the squeeze of hand, we can see joy in a smile or hear it in laughter. Help us to not overlook the simple joys that peak into our lives daily. This week in our Advent journey, open our eyes to the joy that surrounds us. Amen.’ (Both quotes from https://www.liturgylink.net/2014/11/11/advent-candles-hope-peace-joy-love/)
So my wish for you is that you enjoy the season. Enjoy your family. Enjoy the lights and festivities. Here are some lights from the Calgary Zoo Lights for your enjoyment.
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