For 2009, I am going to step back and look at the ways God is working in my life and the lives of my family and friends. I am going to be open to what is coming.
Today is the first day of Advent. Andy preached a wonderful sermon. I scribbled notes while he talked, because images and phrases were overwhelming me. I am sure, for instance, there is a poem about water coming soon. I have a list of water symbols in my notebook. (This due to an amazingly beautiful infant baptism). I also wrote down...
- "Divine Disruption"
- "fearsome and cataclysmic events"
- "A dead false god will never surprise you."
- "Disruption can be good. Disruption can bring some sense of hope."
- "God comes in the middle of all this chaos in life."
I cannot stop the chaos that is Christmas in the Ministry. But, I can remember to "be still and know" in the midst of all the chaos. I will go to about 5 billion parties, play Dirty Santa, sing carols, watch cantatas, make crafts, write cards, wrap presents, travel to see family, and I will take time to remember why I am doing each and every one of these activities.
Now, hold me to it.