With five days to go, emotions are high and nutritional food consumption is low. I ate Peppermint Bark for three meals this week.  I’m struggling for peace and rest and presence and rest so no more adding to the Big Christmas Project Idea List of Hopes and Dreams over here, only removing. And this morning, a prayer and a quote, thank you Henri Nouwen. 

The Advent Prayer – Henri Nouwen

Lord Jesus, Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.

We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.

We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.

We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.

We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.

We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light. To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!”


“The Lord is coming, always coming. Be alert to his coming. When you have ears to hear and eyes to see,  you will recognize him at any moment of your life. Life is Advent; life is recognizing the coming of the Lord.” Henri Nouwen

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