Thursday, 18 December 2014

Doing Advent

John 1:5
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

Good intentions
To"do"Advent properly
To avoid getting caught up in the rush
To take time to contemplate
the miracle of birth
and the miracle of love
But preparation
as an act of love
is exhausting.
Remaining alert
to all the signs 
of God born among us
is challenging
and, quite frankly,
Rooting for that glimmer of light
in all the darkness of the world
is hard work.
Proclaiming the light
is exhausting .
Advent becomes
a bone wearying
energy sapping slog.
Just like that third trimester
of pregnancy.
Hope is high
But there is still so much anxiety.
And other chores
and other concerns
are not diminished
but heightened
as the days move on.
The need for God
to get here already
trumps everything else
and puts paid
to good intentions
of waiting patiently
and preparing well.
Thankfully, God arrives
ready or not
and the calmness 
we tried to create
is forever disrupted
by God among us.
The calm
AND the storm.

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