Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Fourth day of Advent

We are firmly in that place between slowing down to enjoy the beauty, expectation, and wonder of Advent and the hustle and hurry up of Christmas preparations in our workplaces, schools, homes, and even our churches.

While it is indeed a challenge, it is possible to participate in both.  A few years ago an email went around about the "Advent Virus.  It reminded me to live into this time of year as  I experience Advent fully while the world around me often does not slow down for it.

"Be on the alert for symptoms of inner Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to this virus and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

The top ten signs you have been infected:
·  A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.
·  An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
·  A loss of interest in judging other people.
·  A loss of interest in conflict.
·  A loss of the ability to worry.
·  Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
·  Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
·  Frequent attacks of smiling.
·  An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
·  An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it."
  -Anonymous source
Doesn't that sound like a great way to experience the days leading up to that time we receive again that precious gift we find on Christmas morn?  
How do you live in the tension between Advent and Christmas?

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