Daily Advent Reflection
“Waiting teaches us to live life in increments, in small pieces rather than large chunks.
Waiting also teaches us to measure our progress slowly”
Holly W. Whitcomb
I have been keeping my cell phone on and by my side at night. Just in case, I’ve been saying. Just in case we hear. My oldest brother and his wife just gave birth to their second child, a son named Shawn Thomas. My other brother and his wife will become parents any moment now. And I do mean, any moment now.
People often compare Advent to a time of gestation; the forced waiting and preparing for what you know will come. Watching my brothers and sisters-in-law this last year wish to speed time ahead and then beg to slow it down, depending on the day and readiness the trimester or the cribs bought, I have wondered what it would be like to have something that simply told me, “not yet,” “I’m not ready,” “there is still time;” or “here we go!,” “ready or not,” “this is the time.”
On this foggy and dark Hanukkah day, in the middle of December’s rush, how might you pay attention to the increment of life that you are in right now? How might you let it progress at its own pace? How might you know it for it small pieces rather than large chunks?