They had a big car crash, a flooded house, a serious infection, my father’s death, a catastrophic surgery, and some things they still kept secret and close. Very failed. On the second Sunday of Advent, we are going home from my father’s funeral. I’m still not sure if I understand the delay, and so we will live in a wonderful spiritual and temporary state until we return home.
And then, Advent will be all quiet and relaxed. I would really take care of myself.
Think about this future in your heart. Walk in the Holy Place. May Jesus be your friend when you sit in your house, when you walk on the road, when you sleep, and when you get up (cf. Deut. 6: 7).
So often when we hear the word “self-care” we think of days of spa or massage or time away from real life. It has become clear to me from time to time that he is doing what is necessary to support and sustain the real life I want to take care of. I want to have a quiet rest. Here, at the beginning of the liturgy, it is the perfect place to practice the habits that create and nurture the life I hope to live.
The real Christian life begins in God’s resting place. He begins to struggle. He goes to the world in peace as a living witness to the phrase “God who found this.” And “this” is everything. He got everything. To truly believe that, I know I have to remind myself over and over again. And I have to be aware of all the times he has been faithful and I have sincerely recognized them sincerely.
So silence is a must. Love Himself calls us to be, and He always wants us to be attentive to His voice. He wants to be with us every moment of our day; We are made to feel it. For our part, we need to keep quiet about the urgency of the situation, the anxiety, the stress, and the long list of “needs.” Think about this future in your heart. Walk in the Holy Place. May Jesus be your friend when you sit in your house, when you walk on the road, when you sleep, and when you get up (cf. Deut. 6: 7).
Prayer style adjusts your daily routine. Melodies and experiences determine how we spend our minutes. And how we spend minutes is how we spend our lives. Use small signs to help you pray. Whenever you touch a light switch, ask to see what you truly appreciate and express that prayer of thanks. Every time you fill a glass of water, drink the knowledge that you are constantly loved and speak in the heart of Jesus who loves you. Put a bracelet on your wrist and offer a few prayers at a time, covering yourself in your mother’s care. When you begin any work, mark the cross, providing for our Lord’s provision and protection.
Enjoy the silence. Take a long time to sit and be quiet, spend a lot of time walking in the cold, in the fresh air, who receives the word of God. There is no need to spend every moment on discussion and technology and practical productivity. God asks us to be quiet and to know. He followed the silence of the Spirit. We were created to keep up with the demands of this world. We were created to walk with him in Paradise. Look for gardening times in your day. Rest there with him.
Foss, his website takeupandread.org, writes from Connecticut.