As Advent unfolds and as Christmas approaches, our life gets busier - plain and simple.
Most days we have two or three or (four) extra things on.
Highlights of this last week include the parish BBQ ( Gerry and the kids and I did some of the work involved), Kumon meetings, Group Learning, several medical appointments, Thomas' birthday with a party in the morning and a dinner in the evening, a flying visit from son Greg, Gerry in Canberra, the Advent programme at our parish, shelving at Kumon on the weekend, an early Christmas party, Thomas and Anthony's piano concert today, a staff meeting today, Advent preparations.
It doesn't slow down this coming week, either.
Dh ~Gerry ~ says that I am known for my tendency to fit a 36 hour day into 12 hours.
This tendency magnifies during Advent and Christmas.
I like to be busy. Truly. I like to both be and do.
However, as the busyness increases, I am aware of my need for peace. Of my family's need for peace.
I am taking time each day for me - my workout time. I am working out harder to make up for all the extra eating occasions that occur at this time!
I also resolve not to give in to the temptation to match my busyness with a corresponding increase in short temperedness with dh and the kids.
I resolve to be peaceful in my interactions with my dh and children. At peace but not necessarily quiet ~ I wouldn't want to shock them!
I resolve to be peaceful in my interior life, to continue with my Advent reading ( C.S. Lewis this year).
And so I am adopting this prayer for Advent:
Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury,pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
We have this prayer on a plaque and today I rescued the plaque from the depths of our hall cupboard. The plaque is going to live in our sitting room during the Advent season.