The season of Advent formally began with Vespers this evening. It is a season of joyful anticipation as we look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus the Messiah.
Sadly, it is also the season of Too Much - too much activity, too much money spent and borrowed, too much keeping up with the other folks keeping up with everybody else, too much unrealistic expectation, too much not being enough. The mental health and pastoral counselors will be busy.
I long for the simplicity Zechariah sang of:
By the tender mercy of our God,
the rising sun will come to us from heaven
to shine on those living in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.
I plan to use Amanda's prompts to explore that idea through these season of Advent and Christmas.
Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on on us, for we are too, too much.
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