Greetings Good Readers during this season of Thankfulness.
When Praying for Strangers was first published I received many requests to also write a companion piece, a type of how-to or study guide. For those of you interested in using that you can find it (hopefully) under the Praying for Strangers book link. There you will find 12 cool keys to praying for strangers and on better days a link to a 40 day Lenten blog where I wrote daily about walking through Lent in a very, human, culturally intact, spiritual way. While not easy to commit to that and sometimes posts were at midnight, I happen to like Lent. It comes natural to me. It fits nicely with my inner desire for contemplation and running away to the desert like those Christian mystics who are near and dear to my heart. The desert Fathers and Mothers that ran to God and away from people. Shut themselves off for a little serious quiet time. According to the wonderful writer Evelyn Underhill the point of going away is to fill up with the Mystery of God and return to the people, not to embark on a long vacation into silence and rest.
Well, we all have our callings. We all run to or away from them. Most of us do both on any given day seven times each way. Which brings me to Advent.
As most of my readers know I was raised by the tribe of Eeyore. This means - yes, Lent do come natural. Ashes to ashes and dust to dust. So it is with deliberate pause that I consider the coming Advent Season. Then I considered writing a daily entry during the Advent Season. Then I committed to doing it. Just now. This morning. And, the best way to force my hand quickly was to write to you and tell you - Advent cometh and in the days ahead I'll be exploring a few words everyday about signs and wonders in our midst. Of new beginnings and hope in the darkness. New birth. Miracles.
I hope you'll join me on this Advent journey as we look toward the turn to a new calendar year.