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Digging up

December 14, 2015


I love our family times together.  We enjoy being together.  I know that isn’t true for everyone.  There are those issues that get dug up every year and make a mess all over the family gatherings.

This photo was taken this summer when we had to put a new driveway in.  It was over 20 years old and cracking.  It was time to dig it up and replace it with new base and new black top.  There are times when digging up things is good for the soul as well as in the physical world.  There are times when things need replacing.

Advent in ancient church tradition was similar to Lent.  The reason was to get one’s life in order for the coming of Jesus – not the coming as a babe in Bethlehem but for the second coming as a judge at the end of all times.  As a result of a change in how we look at the world, the Advent hymns seem to not fit in.  Instead of creating new ways to prepare people just skip right to Christmas.  We hear Christmas music even before Thanksgiving gets here.  Christmas in ancient church tradition was only the “12”days of Christmas between Christmas day and January 6 – Epiphany.  The Christmas tree wasn’t put up until Christmas eve.  Now many trees are taken down on Christmas day.

You may not believe in Advent.  You may not want to celebrate Advent and that is OK.  If we look at Advent and Lent as times of self examination and pondering our future and our goals, we can see value in digging up our lives in areas that need replanting or rebuilding.  Every 6 months would be a good evaluation time for the soul and body what ever reason or season we are in.  Ask yourself: What do I need to keep?  What do I need to throw?  What do I need to stop doing?  What do I need to start doing?

I saw on the internet the following quote that helped to to ask even more pointed questions of myself as I dig into my life and look forward to a healthy full future.

“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions. When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence? Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experience the loss of soul. Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves.” Gabrielle Roth

Dig responsively.  In this Advent journey, journey as a pilgrim with people that will care if you fall down or fall behind.  Journey with those who will ask the hard questions and stay around to hear the answers.    Be a journey friend that cares for others who fall down or fall behind.





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