On the first Sunday of Advent I was listening to “It Came upon a Midnight Clear” and reveling in its message. The third verse caught my attention. The words were painting the burdens of life and how we keep moving forward. I could identify with that from the years of earning a living and raising children. Then there came the line,
“Oh, rest beside the weary road And hear the angels sing.”What good advice. Take a moment. Take several moments. Take many moments. Use the incarnation and the miracle of God becoming man as an excuse. Start to build a habit. There is renewal and refreshment in pausing to hear the angels sing.
This is a good time of year to work on new habits and shuffling priorities. Don’t waste it. Yes, we might feel like we are those
“Who toil along the climbing way With painful step and slow,”But God offers those moments of refocusing that make all the difference in the journey.
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