Friday, November 25, 2011

Prepared for Advent?

Haven't seen my Magi since before my wedding on November 5. I'm verklempt about finding Sarum blue candles for my advent wreath at this late date.

Autumnal decor must be loaded back into their bins and Advent decor brought out. (Of course I have Advent-specific decor and Advent-specific music and Advent-specific books!) I'm coming down the homestretch of writing a book and just agreed to a December 9 deadline for three chapters of the next. These are, by the way, all very high class problems and I'm grateful to have them.

I was making myself crazy(er) by thinking about how totally unprepared I am for Advent until I had this mini-revelation: Advent is all about preparation...watchful waiting...being open to wondrous mystery which cannot be planned in advance.

This is me, smacking the heel of my hand upside my own forehead. Turns out I really am prepared for Advent. Superbly prepared. How about you?

3 comments:

Philomena Ewing said...

I have a new word !!
I looked up the meaning of verklempt and liked it: "bursting with emotion"
and I can see how it could well be associated with the task of trying to root out last years decorations.

I've given up on co-ordinating colour schemes- eclectic is my new look and that applies to Advent too.:-))
Good luck with your writing deadline. (Make Dan do the cooking!)

Blessings

deodate said...

Oh wow, we're so caught up in the 'preparations' that we forget that Advent is all about preparations! Love this thought! What a culture we live in - talk about 'living in the present moment!'
Andie

Penelopepiscopal said...

Beautiful and true...

My son informs me that ABC Family has been advertising a countdown to the 25 Days of Christmas, which I guess begins December 1. Wow. A countdown to the countdown.

Can't wait to hear more about the book!