Whew, I’m still trying to catch my breath. September, October and the beginning of November were incredibly busy – special Sundays and special events nearly every week. But, there is no time to rest or wait around as Thanksgiving and Christmas are now just around the corner. I’m sure I am not the only one who feels tired from a hectic schedule, as I see people every day who say they are tired and busy and don’t know how to get everything done. But, if you noticed, I missed something. I said Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner – but what about Advent? Doesn’t it count? Perhaps that is the problem, we for-get about Advent – a time of waiting and contemplating – a time to catch our breath. Waiting is not a strength for most people these days. Taking time to catch our breath, well, we just don’t think we have the time. There is an old Pennsylvania Dutch saying that goes: “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get“. How true. So, perhaps, we need to take time to catch our breath during Advent. To take time for the things that are truly important in life – being present and spending time with each other, because it is our presence (not presents) that let others experience God’s presence. Because God wasn’t just present 2,000 years ago through the birth of Jesus, and we do not have to wait until Jesus comes again to experience His presence at some future time …we can experience God in the here in now, if we just stop and take time to catch our breath.
In God’s Service,