Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Anticipating Advent

The Advent season, this time of waiting, anticipating, remembering, watching. In my mind it's a time of gentle snowfalls and starlight. Quiet evenings blanketed the glow of candlelight and twinkle lights. A restful sigh as I am lost in the peace and joy of the moment.

In my reality, it feels like the snow at the peak of the majestic mountain that has lost its foothold and is careening to the valley, just barely avoiding the complete demolition of everything in it's path. It's a wild, unpredictable ride!

The first year that I ever chose a "word" to represent my upcoming year, I chose the word "intentional". I shared my thoughts with a friend and she encouraged me with the kind words that she didn't know me to be anything but intentional.

I am an intentional person.

At least my plans are intentional.

I have routines with calenders and charts and schedules and protocols and lofty ideas and well laid plans and somewhere along the way these get lost in the midst of real life and the plans and ideas and schedules and priorities of others.

My practice is anything but intentional ~ it is haphazard at best.

My tasks will only stay oriented for just so long before they are overtaken.

The "important" is often overshadowed by the "urgent" and the fires never seem to stay completely put out.

"Catch the foxes for us, The little foxes that are ruining the vineyards,
While our vineyards are in blossom.”
Song of Solomon 2:15

What are the foxes that are ruining your vineyards ~ the urgent distractions that cause you to miss the importance of the here and now?

This advent, I am seeking peace and joy and moments of reflection  ~ the embracing of the intentional.

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