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That’s the name of the season of the Church – Advent.  We await the birth of the Christ Child, the one who will set us free.

This time of year it’s supposed to be about slowing down.  Of anticipating – dare I say, savouring the season.  And yet, every year I find myself overwhelmed with duties.  Parishioners I must visit.  Reports I must write.  Meetings I must attend.  Social engagements at which I must make an appearance.  It’s crazy.

I preach about slowing down and taking thing slowly.  The reality is decidedly different.  And it irritates me.  Why don’t I slow down and savour the time I have?  Why can’t I say no to events that beg to exercise excess?

Because I consider it my “duty” as priest and sometimes, yes, my duty as a friend.

There is a tradition in my family of giving pajamas for Christmas.  In fact, my grandchildren call them “Nanajams” and ever since they were born they have received a pair of pjs from me, for Christmas.  I look forward to finding pjs that are similar for C for D and for their Mom and my best friend L.  This years colour combination is shades of blue and white. My Mam also gets new pjs for Christmas.

This year I have no desire to bake, or cook, or do the things I traditionally like to do.  I have no desire to write Christmas cards.  All I want to do is sleep, eat, write homilies (no really) and walk.

Most likely it’s because of the busy-ness of the past few weeks.  Long days, late nights, restless sleep and a busy brain.  Not a great combination for restful sleep.

So, I think today, I will jettison my agenda and do what I want to do.  Right now there is laundry in the dryer.  My beds needs to be changed, laundry put away, housework done and files waiting at the Church.  And I’ll get to it all, but maybe not this morning.  And that’s okay.

If this is the season of anticipation, I can anticipate a nap, right?

 

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