Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Advent 2012: Do You Hear What I Hear?

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Advent Day 4: Do you hear what I hear?

Yes, there’s a Christmas song with those lyrics (one of my favorites, actually). And there’s also a potent and pertinent sentiment behind them.

As we rush through these Advent days, do we take time to enjoy the atmosphere, the sights and sounds of the season, together?

Do we take a moment to put an arm around a friend and breathe in the scent of cinnamon and pine needles and crisp air?

Do we lift our heads up from the work at hand and smile together at a whisp of Christmas to come in the form of a child eagerly helping with mixing batter or clumsily tying a bow?

As we wait for Christmas and prepare ourselves and our spirits, there is much about Advent that we can enjoy together. And in so doing, we can build fellowship and faith even more than if we were only going it alone.

Blessings for the day!Maureen

Advent 2012: Are You on Hold?

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ADVENT DAY 3:  Are you on hold?

Waiting on the telephone is often one of the most aggravating things that can happen in a day, especially because nothing much happens! Oh, we might hear a loop with the same music over and over again (even if it is Christmas music, this can get old). But we’re in limbo, stymied, unable to more ahead because…we’re on hold!

We can be “on hold” in life, too. Perhaps, this first week of December, you are waiting for an answer about a medical test, an insurance response, a financial situation. And all around you, Advent marches on and the Christmas season unfolds in all of its glory.

So many things are out of our control while we’re waiting, in life or on the telephone. So, if you are on hold, take this to heart. And put your time on hold to good use. Pray, imagine, dream, live well. Be the kind, loving person you want to be when, as will happen, the person at the other end of the line picks up and you finally have your answer, can talk, and are no longer on hold!

Blessings for the day,

Maureen

Advent 2012: Are We There, Yet?

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ADVENT: Day 3

Are we there, yet?

There is a child in each of us, and the Christmas Season brings it out like at no other time of year. As adults, we know the importance and benefit of delayed gratification – waiting to eat that cupcake until we get home as opposed to devouring it in the car, or waiting until Christmas to tear open the package a long-distance friend has sent early (so it will arrive in time). But in the back of our minds rings the childhood refrain, “Are we there, yet?” which translates to, “Do I really have to go any farther before I eat/get/experience what I want?”

Advent is all about waiting, but it’s also about preparing. The more we focus on the question, “Are we there, yet?” the less we’ll be able to prepare for the day/event when it comes. So, let’s put our cupcakes back into their bags and the still-wrapped presents under the tree. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, but rather take this season one prayer, one meditation, and one step at a time so that, when Christmas comes (and, yes, it will come), we’re that much more ready – and joyful – at the things yet hidden, but to come.

Blessings for the day,

Maureen

Advent 2012: What are we waiting for?

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It’s Advent already?! Christmas is four weeks away!?

There is precious little time these days to linger over lengthy blog posts. So much has to get done between now and December 25! And it’s not as if the rest of life is on “hold” as we navigate through these days of Advent.

So, during Advent, I’m going to be brief and to the point. Each day, a different question and food for thought, a kind of “Advent Blog to Go” for we who juggle health and life and who crave God’s presence all along the way. Here goes:

ADVENT DAY 1:

What are we waiting for?

Yes, Christmas is on the way and our to do lists are endless. But, what are we really waiting for? A fresh pie out of the oven? The arrival of a load of on-line purchases?

A renewed depth of heart and soul that dawns with the blazing lights of Christmas?

As we wait for earthly things, let’s use that time to go inside and encourage God to speak, work, revive.

Blessings for the day,

Maureen

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