In 2009, I wrote a series called, ‘The Inner Work of Advent” and it featured twelve posts. You can see the posts in this series in this round-up post. This year, I would like to approach Advent through the topic of calm and quiet. I think most people intuitively know this is a time of year to prepare, to wait, to anticipate, but somehow along the way it gets hijacked by commercialism, materialism, busy, too many end of year parties and holiday festivities. I have fallen into that trap myself, and would like to encourage all of us toward some time of re-centering toward what is important in this time of year. Creating light to prevail over darkness. Wholeness to prevail over brokeness. Health to prevail over illness, in body and mind and spirit.
In order to do this, we must carve out time to be at home and not running off somewhere. We must carve time to be in solitude and think and re-center ourselves. What are our priorities? What are our values? What is our vision for our family, our mission (more on that soon). If we homeschool, perhaps we might think, without even putting a label of what “methodology” it is – what do we value? How do we connect to others in meaningful ways? How do we shine light in our corner of the world? How do we find ourselves and our joy?
These are big topics, but I hope to dive into these swirling depths over the next few weeks during Advent. Won’t you join me?