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First Advent candle

If Advent is not for you,
if you know the story too well,
all the more reason to come.

* * *

YOU’VE HAD A YEAR.
Maybe a year of waiting,
a year perhaps
of tending to everyone else’s stuff -
of feeling at times
like you are standing alone on a hill
watching over your flock,
and while you are happy to do it -
grateful to be able to do it -
you see in your reflection
the toll it has taken,
the effect of that wind on your face.

Or maybe you’ve had a year,
not of having too much,
but having too much UNshared,
arms tired.
It is exhausting
carrying one’s gifts,
not knowing where to set them down.

Or maybe you’ve had a year
of news dropped on you
and
you’re still trying to figure out
what your response to it should be,
feeling you ought to know the answer by now,
but there it is every day again, the same puzzle over that.

What you really want
under the tree
is a break from the free fall
you are in.
You aren’t holding out much hope for it.

BUT
if you know the story too well,
all the more reason to come to it
and meet again
those on hills, tending flocks,
those traveling long, bearing gifts -
destination unknown -
those having news dropped on them
and needing to find their responses,
those who have waited a very, very long time,

You need to light a candle
or let someone else, if you can’t,
and to hear it,
bit by bit,
again,
the story.

ADVENT -
the chance to rediscover
you aren’t the only one.

There is a spot for you
in the crowd,
a spot that has maybe
gone empty
long
because
you feel you know the story too well.

By just such thinking as this
have many been kept in isolation.
Step out of your isolation
and into the story,
too familiar and yet completely brand new.

* * *

A repost from the first Sunday in Advent 2011.

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What you Really Want for Christmas

If you know the story too well,
all the more reason to come.

* * *

YOU’VE HAD A YEAR.
Maybe a year of waiting,
a year perhaps
of tending to everyone else’s stuff -
of feeling at times
like you are standing alone on a hill
watching over your flock,
and while you are happy to do it -
grateful to be able to do it -
you see in your reflection
the toll it has taken,
the effect of that wind on your face.

Or maybe you’ve had a year,
not of having too much,
but having too much UNshared,
arms tired.
It is exhausting
carrying one’s gifts,
not knowing where to set them down.

Or maybe you’ve had a year
of news dropped on you
and
you’re still trying to figure out
what your response to it should be,
feeling you ought to know the answer by now,
but there it is every day again, the same puzzle over that.

What you really want
under the tree
is a break from the free fall
you are in.
You aren’t holding out much hope for it.

BUT
if you know the story too well,
all the more reason to come to it
and meet again
those on hills, tending flocks,
those traveling long, bearing gifts -
destination unknown -
those having news dropped on them
and needing to find their responses,
those who have waited a very, very long time,

to light a candle
or let someone else
and to hear it,
bit by bit,
again,
the story.

Advent,
the chance
to
rediscover
you aren’t the only one.

There is a spot for you
in the crowd,
a spot that has maybe
gone empty
long
because
you feel you know the story too well.

By just such thinking as this
have many been kept in isolation long.
Step out of isolation and into the story, familiar yet new.

* * *

I have written this post as part of the Advent Writing Project at Wide Open Spaces. Check out Charity’s words and links to more Advent pieces there.

:-) Check out where Laura wrote, “I am behind on life again” and Charity’s “I’m trying to catch a vision for something.”

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WHY IS IT that the best writing ideas always hit when there is no time to pursue them?

and by ‘best’ I don’t mean
that which has potential to go viral,
but the thing about which
you realize
you have something to say
that needs to be said somewhere
and your experience has given you insight
and you have interest in the subject
and you have access to resources
and that you would find it fulfilling (albeit challenging)
to do the work?

WHY do ideas come when there’s no time to strike while the passion is hot?

Is it because the mind more open
when it’s easy to commit with words,
to say “THAT’s what I ought to write about!”
when certainly nobody will be expecting you
to do it, not at this time?

Or does the idea come at that time
because of that old saw
about busy people -
If you want something done, ask a busy person -
suggesting a body in motion
tends to stay in motion
and so it’s the heat of current activity
that’s generating creative sparks,
inviting inspiration,
asking to be used to the fullest?
Is that why the ideas popcorn out?

And one teeters dangerously close
to falling into “if only” mode?
IF ONLY I wasn’t  . . .
I could do it.

Thereby we are rendered deaf
quite often.

* * *

A YEAR I’VE BEEN LOOKING for light
a lamp actually,
a lamp
just so high
just so wide
casting light in just such a way
giving me a certain feeling
when I see it,
a feeling I can’t describe
but I’ll know it when it hits.

I searched
then gave up,
called away by the need to tend to people.
Important, that.

And then just last week
in the middle of tending to tasks people,
running errands to fill needs,
I exit a shop,
laden down, hands full, arms full.

A lamp
across the street
in the window of a consignment shop
catches my eye,
calls to me.

Now?
But I’m not thinking about that now.
I’m not worrying about a lamp for that window now.
I have people needing this and that
and appointments to be here and there
and only a sliver of time today
and my arms are full.

Doesn’t God know
that finding a lamp
is not on my day’s agenda?

But, ah, I am not Zechariah,
failing to recognize an answer coming,
the very thing.

Why is it the best things come
not when we are free
but when we are deeply engaged
and the mere suggestion
that we consider it
makes us roll our eyes?

Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning
Luke 12:35

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