Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Waiting for Advent

So now I am waiting for Advent. Sermons are prepared, bulletins are done. . . now I am waiting for the hectic chaos of the day.

I find one of the utter ironies of Advent is how much busier it seems - extra services in midweek, and children's programs and everyone wanting parties, and other organizations I am in ramping things up. I do think the Thanksgiving to Epiphany season is by far busier than Lent.

Which is just odd. Advent is a season of hopeful expectation - and so often it is so frantic. Advent is a time of pondering. . . and yet so often it's one task done and on to the next.

Right now is a nice calm before the storm. I'll teach two classes this morning, host a lunch, do an opening for our afterschool program, teach confirmation, and then run and do service. It's a full day. And I'm ready for it - and now, having just finished morning devotions in the TDP - I can pause.

Pastors need more time to pause and ponder the word. This I firmly believe!

6 comments:

Jay Hobson said...

And more time to play Rock Band.

Rev. Eric J Brown said...

Not ponder the lyrics of the song you are trying to sing, ponder the WORD.

Seminarians. >=o)

Rev. Eric J Brown said...

And admit it - you are just waiting for "Praise Band" to come out. . . where you shape your litur. . I mean set list, and see how well you rock for Jesus!

What's sad is Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Revolution all have song creation tools. I bet you that's out there. :shudder:

Greg Brown said...

The secular world makes it hectic for Advent. Actually the hectic time should be Dec 24 - January 6.

Rev. Eric J Brown said...

Dec 24-Jan 6 would be a wonderful time if we followed it. A nice, simple Matins every day of the week. . .

Pastor D said...

Yup, add to the mix the fact that we have two vacant parishes here in Decatur. AUG! TWO annual reports due at the end of the year! I am hoping they soon will be filled. My goal is to get most everything done by the 20th when the kids come home. Both will be here until classes start the 12th!
Blessings always