I cannot exist without in some sense taking part in you, in the child I once was, in the breeze stirring the down on my arm, in the child starving far away, in the flashing round of the spiral nebula.
- Catherine Keller quoted in Lighting a Candle by Molly Young Brown
As much as I use the practice of Advent as a guide in these days, I find more to fill each day than the hours available. So I am reminded that Advent is not only a time for waiting, but preparation, and so I prepare...for special moments, for visits from loved ones, and to give gifts, especially to organizations that share my values, that remind me of the interdependence of the web of all.
I love leading worship in a darkened sanctuary, where I am reminded of the deep connections to you, to those across the country, to the spiral nebula that show me how remarkable is our world. I love all our generations gathering together, connecting me to both my childhood and my old age. I love theologian Catherine Keller's reminder that creation is not a beast to be tamed, but a deep mystery. All these small pieces connect me.
Where might I find (or create) connection today?