It is important that we continue on our regular spiritual path during the holidays. Do not let your daily practices get lost in the busyness of the season. Continue to make time each day to meditate, pray, read from sacred texts or devotional materials and any other spiritual practices that are a regular part of your life.
Now that doesn’t mean we can’t get creative with our practices. We can even focus on light or the particular light holiday we celebrate. The important thing is to stay centered, grounded and connected to Spirit.
There are materials out there to assist you with this or you might want to create your own. Here are a few to get you started:
Advent is a time of preparation and waiting. But when I try to write about Advent all I can think of is, why are we waiting for someone who is already here?
The presence of God, the Divine, the Infinite, whatever words you are comfortable with, is all and in all. In Him we live and move and have our being.
If we stopped waiting for someone to come rescue us and instead could see that spark of the divine in all of creation, how the world could change. We might stop destroying the planet. If we could learn to see God not only in ourselves, but in our neighbors and even our enemies, there might even be an outbreak of peace.
Things will not change overnight, but it has to start somewhere. Why not let it start with you and me?
“What are the key first steps to enter into Advent? We can all slow down. We can all breathe more deeply. We can all begin to trust that this will be a blessed time. Then, when we let ourselves be who we are, and hear the Scriptures, we can begin to quietly pray, ‘Come, Lord, Jesus.’” — [Source: What am I experiencing in my life, as Advent begins from Creighton Univ. online ministries. ]
“The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before… What is possible is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. And you begin to grasp what it was you missed, like Moses in the cleft of the rock, watching God’s [back] fade in the distance. So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running. For rushing. For worrying. For pushing. For now, stay. Wait. Something is on the horizon.” — Jan L. Richardson, Night Visions: Searching the Shadows of Advent and Christmas
Bob and I chose many years ago not to get caught up in the frenzy of the holidays. We celebrate a quiet, spiritual Christmas. That doesn’t mean we don’t have fun, we simply try not to get drawn into the excesses of the season.
Several years ago I began what I call A Season of Angels. During December I work on an angel art or craft project each day. The purpose of this is to take a little time each day to focus on the spiritual teachings of Advent and the role of angels as God’s messengers.
This year I invite you to take a few minutes each day to slow down the holiday craziness and relax in and reflect on the Light of God.
“It might be easy to run away to a monastery, away from the commercialization, the hectic hustle, the demanding family responsibilities of Christmas-time. Then we would have a holy Christmas. But we would forget the lesson of the Incarnation, of the enfleshing of God—the lesson that we who are followers of Jesus do not run from the secular; rather we try to transform it. It is our mission to make holy the secular aspects of Christmas just as the early Christians baptized the Christmas tree. And we do this by being holy people—kind, patient, generous, loving, laughing people—no matter how maddening is the Christmas rush…” Fr. Andrew Greeley, Woman’s Day, 12-22-81
Looking for a good Advent resource? Check out the Praying Adventwebsite from Creighton University’s Online Ministries.