I’ve spent November practicing those same lessons about Present that I shared in September and October. Truly, I cannot overstate the impact that reading Four Thousand Weeks and The Year of the Puppy when I did had on my life in general and these early days with Lucy specifically. So I was fully prepared to share (yet) another update about the present-focused days of life with a puppy … until I started my Advent reading yesterday.
My small group is reading Madeleine L’Engle’s Miracle on 10th Street this December and January. That’s the hardcover edition above; aren’t those pages beautiful?! I also have an updated edition on my Kindle, with a Foreword written by Diana Butler Bass. When I wrote last week about feeling pulled back to my morning time, maybe this is what was pulling me. She writes about Advent being the season to “observe and contemplate”, and I could simply say “be present”. and then she says
God is present from cosmic expanse to the chambers of our hearts, but we do not notice because the sacred is obscured under our distractions, fears, and despair.Diana Butler Bass. Foreword. Miracle on 10th Street: and Other Christmas Writings, by Madeleine L’Engle, Convergent Books, 2019, pp. xi-xiii.
I realize I’ve spent these last 11 months focused on me being present. and perhaps I should spend this last one focused outward … noticing, as much as possible, without distraction (fear, or despair) … to see the presence of another.
It’s time. and I’m ready. and I think Lucy is, too.
Thank you as always to Carolyn for hosting these monthly check-ins and to all of you for your support. xxoo.