I do what I love. I studied music and theology in school, and people looked at me like I was crazy for not doing something more practical, but I followed my heart and it paid off. Now I teach about popes and saints and the liturgical year, I sing in churches and dance on stages and raise my voice in groups and on my own. I write about all of these things. I am blessed.
I am busy.
This week begins tech week for my upcoming show. It also is the start of the Holiday Pops season, the week when report cards are due, and a new liturgical season. All of my choirs will have extra music to learn and extra services to sing throughout December.
So I ask the world to slow me down this Advent. Share a poem on Facebook that I can’t help but savor. Text me a joke that makes me hold someone else in my heart. Stop me in the hallway to ask me a question and force me to stop and think of someone other than myself. Leave me with a thought I can’t help but write about. Hand me a book that distracts me for a few minutes from the race to Christmas.
I will do what I can, giving myself time before bed with my prayerbook, and listening to music that draws me closer to prayer. It doesn’t need to be much – there will be no long weekend retreats this month, but those moments are all that stand between the life I want and being swept up in drama of my own making.
What will you do to make Advent more prayerful?
For music and books I recommend Advent at Ephesus, Morning and Evening Prayer, A Book of Advent and Christmas Prayers, Sacred Space for Advent and the Christmas Season 2014-2015.(Affiliate links)