Friday, December 12, 2008

Daily Advent Reflection: Dec 12

Okay. Prepare the way. That's the theme this week.

But how do we know what to do? How do we prepare? Where's the list?

What if ...

our doing is best preceded by being.

And our being is best done in God.

And God is perhaps best known in whispered stillness.

And in stillness there is waiting and listening.

The Tao Te Ching asks:

Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and your water becomes clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?

—Tao Te Ching 15

And once that "right action" arises from the clear stillness, we can step out to do.

All the while remembering that our right action is our right action. It is our piece in the larger mosaic. We are freed from trying to do everything. My list won't look like your list.

So today, prepare the way for God to be born in the world anew! But first, wait.

—Carol Bradsen

1 comment:

Ginger said...

And Tom Petty says, "the waiting is the hardest part". Doing takes the mind off of the waiting. In 'doing' out of order (before the waiting), the priority becomes muddled in the haze of distraction. The doing (being busy) becomes reactionary and can be steeped in selfishness. It takes GREAT patience to wait then do, to do the "right thing" for "the right reason". I know this, but become antsy in the stillness. I'm bad at the waiting.

But yes.

Wait. (exhale) Do.