Here is what is going on this weekend (so far): Work all day Saturday, Christmas party, greeting at church, teaching Sunday School, ski club meeting, Cub Scouts, getting the Christmas tree, putting up decorations, artists workshop, and three play dates for the kids. This is as of Wednesday. Slowing down to reflect during Advent? Bah Humbug!
Advent is the perfect time to talk about call. Because Advent is a lot like life, only more so. If call has something to do with translating our deepest priorities into the daily calendar, then it is especially important that we listen for call during the holidays. There is just a lot more going on.
Ron Farr writes, “God’s call is the basic organizing principle of our lives. It wells up from our deepest priorities and inspirations, and determines how we manage our time, focus our energies, relate to others, organize our day, and make plans for the future.” If ever there were a time to focus our energies on the things that matter, Advent would be it.
I am going to follow Mary’s lead on this one. I am going to spend a few moments pondering before I say, “Here I am.” I just want to make sure that each of these commitments is a part of my call today. Wrestling the kids into the car for church or scouts or school usually doesn’t feel like call at the moment. But if I ponder it for a few seconds, I see the connections. Parenting is a call, and part of parenting is providing opportunities for my children’s growth.
There are two things I suspect will happen in the next few days. One is that I will have flashes of frustration, wondering why I am racing all over town, wondering if I am “missing Christmas.” Those moments are not fun.
But there will also be times of sensing something deeper. It may happen in a quiet moment at church, or it could happen driving to scouts. It will be a brief epiphany where I understand that it is into this world, this time, and even into my life that Christ comes again. Let it be with me according to your word.