Advent is upon us…… Are you ready? I don’t mean are the crafts, the Jesse Tree activities, and the Advent wreaths set …..I mean: Are you ready?
Are you emptied and prepared to receive, as head of your domestic church, the beautiful, the unparalleled, the redemptive power of Christ’s nativity? Of the Gospel message? Or are you thinking that you’ll find time for that somewhere, but right now you’re taking care of that adorable Advent project you saw on Pinterest? Or looking into recreating your blogger friend’s amazing Jesse Tree ornaments?
Yeah, that’s all good. It’s all valuable. But still.
The more crammed our schedules, the less time we have to give others and to offer to our Lord. You owe it to yourself, Momma. Because only when we decisively create margins in our days, in this season, can we truly be a part. Can we truly benefit.
Hearts before calendars….. When we only allow shards of space in our days for down time, we are left empty of time for prayer and for our loved ones.
Lives ahead of schedules….I don’t need to tell you, Busy Momma, about the need for a slow pace. You know. You know. It’s the only way we as a body … and as a Body … can survive, thrive, be who we are meant to be in this hurried, really, this breakneck world.
A slower-paced life isn’t just wishful thinking. It’s essential during this season, and each season, for us to accept and truly live our Faith.
In recent years, we’ve strived, and happily succeeded in paring down our own family activities on the home front during Advent and in streamlining our outside commitments so as to savor these days. For so long, I thought there were innumerable liturgical seasons to live out together. The years spanned out, seemingly endlessly back then when the boys were so, so young.
Now I see, all too clearly, how finite our time together as a family is. I see that guarding our most precious commodity … that of time … is paramount. And I see, too, that protecting my own personal “white space,” so there is more of me to give my family, is essential.
God bless you, moms, in your vocation throughout Ordinary Time and throughout this season of Advent.
Copyright 2014, Christine Mooney