Advent Is Creeping Upon Us

Colored lights were strung across streets. Lights were strung in plazas reaching from the ground upward toward a point representing conifer trees. No snow–I’m in Madrid.

Reminders of the season.

Some anticipating the joys of giving.

Others anticipating the joys of receiving.

Some people with no anticipation not having family or friends or sometimes even a place to live.

Some striving to experience once again the reason for the celebration.

How do we balance all of these conflicting emotions, desires, demands?

Isn’t that the real act of sanity for the next three weeks?

That is for disciplines of study, prayer, music to help us stay grounded and balanced.

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