Hole Up and Quiet Down

Today begins the second week of Advent, which is a time of preparation for Christmas.  Now of course there is lots of 'preparation for Christmas' going on around us, most of which involves a lot of shopping, along with some decorating and some parties and maybe some baking.  It often also involves quite a lot of clamor, busyness, and stress.  One thing that many of us find lacking in this season is spaciousness. But spaciousness is exactly what Advent calls us to cultivate or recapture in our lives. The word translated from Hebrew and Aramaic…
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