Friday, December 19, 2008

Watching and Waiting

The season of Advent is a time for attentiveness. It is a season to spend extra time with friends and family, noticing that a calendar year is almost over, and recalling the memories of the past months.

Advent is also a time of looking ahead—not in an impatient, can’t-wait-for-the-next-thing-to-happen kind of way, but in a thoughtful and reflective manner. There are many teachers, many places to look for advice on how to move forward…and many distractions along the way.

In the spirit of this season I’d like to share a few words from a Celtic Advent hymn:
O Wisdom,
You come forth from the mouth of the Most High.

You fill the universe and hold all things together

in a strong yet gentle manner.

O come to teach us the way of truth.

O come, O come, Thou wisdom from above;

the universe sustaining with Thy love.

Let us look to all the beings of the universe for wisdom as we gaze forward to the blessings and challenges of a new year!

Prayer found in Celtic Daily Prayer: Prayers and Readings from the Northumbria Community.

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