|A Wee, Late Miracle in the Garden|
One of my favorite people on this planet happens to be (through this strange and beautiful interwebs) someone I have never met in person, and yet, she is someone who feels like a sister born of my own heart's sorrows and joys. I interviewed Michelle Halm here at the very beginnings of our budding friendship, and she has quickly become one of those people whom I feel I have know forever.
What is that Chinese saying? Something like -- you will know your friends more in ten minutes than you know acquaintances in ten years.
As Advent has begun, she has been on my mind a lot, and it turns out that we are experiencing some similar (at their core) issues. I feel blessed to have someone who understands these mysterious, Catholic parts of me, someone who never finds my faith strange.
There are many people who cannot get past the external, material facts of my life or those of the church for that matter, and so they judge -- from both ends of the political, spiritual spectrums.
But Michelle just gets it.
The whole point of this post was to share something with you that I recently shared with Michelle, but why not express my gratitude at the same time. ((Smile))
Two days ago, I listened to a talk by Rob Bell, and in it, he kept repeating a prayer...a little different each time, and I am about to paraphrase but I think this keeps his meaning.
I think that people may relate to this right now. This season is supposed to be about waiting and preparing our hearts and souls, but we have turned it into a season about "getting." Getting presents. Getting things done. And on and on. (And do not blame media and advertising; we have done this ourselves.)
We have, thus, through our own frenzied actions, stripped the season of the awe and beauty with which it wants to speak to our souls.
So here's a little mantra/prayer to keep in mind. See if it changes something in your heart. See if you gasp a little or perhaps sigh:
Melt the places in me that have become cold;
Open my heart again to child-like awe.