Advent III: Retreat

Three cancelled appointments and a no show at Bible study
gave me the breathing room I needed.
I know that was You
looking after me.
Sometimes You’re about as quiet as a three-year-old
trying to sneak up on mommy.

Then I go on retreat
to be with you alone.
I let myself be bored,
refuse to be distracted,
turn off the lights, scrunch up against the window
and watch the moon
slip behind the clouds and out again
while the earth turns
slowly.

You have my full attention
yet, You don’t
say
a word.

So I go to bed early.
I rest well
the first night
and the second.

When I awake,
You are still
silent.

Not a word do You say
as the light caresses the land,
clouds huddle on the shore,
the wind gently wakens the sea.

Not a word do You say
as I pack up my things
lock the door,
and walk through the trees to the ferry.

I return to the noisy city
and my busy life.
I come through the door
and something has
changed.

The moon, the rest,
the light, the trees
the silence
have followed me home.

I see You,
eyes twinkling,
smiling like a three-year-old
who is immensely proud of herself.

Maybe you could spend some time today getting low:
renew your outlook or alter your vantage point
or change your posture
so you can see again the ordinary things
you may be overlooking.
God may meet you there.
–John Pavlovitz

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Love Mischief for the World

I have been using Low: An Honest Advent Devotional by John Pavlovitz for my daily advent readings. I’ve been surprised by how often his words resonate with my life. “  

What love mischief are you and God doing for the world?
Let me know and I will include it in an upcoming post.

Credits and References:
Photo of the moon by Josh Kelahan. Used with permission.
Quote from Low: An Honest Advent Devotional by John Pavlovitz, p.27
“Bark Cabin Natural Area” by  Nicholas A. Tonelli. Used with permission.
© Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim, 2019.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without permission from Esther Hizsa is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used provided there is a link to the original content and credit is given as follows: © Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim 2013-2019.  http://www.estherhizsa.com

About Esther Hizsa

Esther is a spiritual director and writer. She lives in Burnaby with her husband, Fred, and they have two grown children and two grandchildren.
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