Thursday/First Week of Advent

Observing Light
Observing Light

I imagine Joseph traveled pretty light on the road to Bethlehem. If you look on a map, Nazareth and Bethlehem are a fair distance apart across some pretty arid land. We’re told he had a donkey, a wife, and undoubtedly some food and water.

It’s hard to imagine divesting ourselves of our things and getting down to necessities for any journey. Which laptop, notebook, pad, smart phone, camera would we leave behind? I’m as guilty as you. Look at what I’m doing now: writing on a computer, offering a story to the world instead of my companions nearby, making sure the phone is plugged in to charge for the day, books and glasses nearby.

In our age, it’s hard to imagine getting as simple for a journey as food, water, a donkey, and a companion.

And yet, if we don’t release our worries, our goals, our demands, our comforts – at least for these short few weeks – and consider whether they are weights or freedom, we make no space in our lives for God-Of-Many-Names to turn us into a new way of being.

I’m reminded of the words given to Moses as he prepared to guide people into the desert: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; or the injunction Jesus gave to his followers: Take nothing for your journey, neither a staff, nor a bag, nor bread, nor money…

To reach a new destination, a new consciousness, we have to travel light.

For this short Advent season, practice walking without your worries and concerns, your lists and to-dos. Practice traveling light and watch for the miracles.

2 thoughts on “Thursday/First Week of Advent

  1. susansayings says:

    So true!
    I often think I’ll clear away all my “extra” stuff to prepare for Christmas–when I will inevitably get new stuff.
    I think I have a serious imbalance–too much stuff (material, mental, spiritual) and too little time to redistribute this stuff.
    I live in this hope that some open time will appear, denying the finite nature of time as we experience it in this life.
    Am I the only one who’s delusional about this?

  2. Janet Sunderland says:

    No, I think we all put off realizing the truth that open time will disappear. Just putting out the Christmas decorations reminds me – again, of the amount of stuff! And every year we promise to be more frugal and reduce the amount. We’ll work at that again this year.

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