by Sr. Julie Myers, OSF
Today we find ourselves standing at the edge of a new beginning.
The Christian Church flips yet another page on the calendar of our spiritual lives and so, we end another liturgical year. Advent is now upon us and invites each of us to begin anew. Advent calls us to a peaceful place asking that we wait expectantly for something spectacular.
But, I’ve got to tell you that I’m feeling an inner nudge! A sort of summons from within to first gather up all the goodness and hardships, all the joys and fears, the new relationships and the broken friendships, all the moments of laughter and causes for tears this past year has held. There is a desire within my spirit to take it and hold it in moments of prayer, to reflect upon the meaning of it all and to thank God for the gift it has been. Every moment of every experience has made me a bit more authentic than I was last Advent.
Maybe this is a facet of Advent you’ve lost sight of, yet isn’t that how we make space for Jesus in our own Inn—to acknowledge what was, to bow in gratitude, to free one’s self from any burden and to open our hearts to the love of Jesus so needed to be born in our world and in our very own lives.
I am a sinner and certainly not perfect by any means, but I desire this newness Advent promises. I feel called to sit within the stillness and quiet of this season and trust in God’s grace that my times of prayer will open and prepare me for that spectacular event—the word of God translated into love!
I invite you to find space in your daily calendar to sneak away for some time of quiet. Mindfully give attention to the past year and how the events have formed you. Where do you recognize God in those occasions? Then, in stillness and quiet, in the company of hope and promise, prepare a space in your inner room for God’s love to be born.