With all the bad weather we have received in the last couple of weeks, several events were postponed, which made this past week a very busy one for us: a trip to Columbus on Saturday, gingerbread-house-making party Sunday, Lessons and Carols Monday, school Christmas program Tuesday, preschool Christmas program Wednesday, family Christmas parties Friday and Saturday (today!). Phew!
My husband and I discussed the possibility of eliminating at least one of these events to help us slow down a bit. It seemed the only one that we could skip was the Lessons and Carols at our parish. I struggled with the decision. It seemed like it was the one event that really focused our hearts and minds in the right place, but the added chaos of having one more night to be away from home was also a little anti-Advent spirit.
So, this week I have taken my angst over missing Lessons and Carols to the Lord. And while I didn’t receive an immediate response, what I was reminded of today was a quote from St. Frances of Rome:
It is most laudable in a married woman to be devout, but she must never forget that she is a housewife. And sometimes she must leave God at the altar to find Him in her housekeeping. (Butler’s Lives of the Saints)
Wow. It was OK to stay home and slow down. Instead of finding Jesus in the Scripture and songs at church that night, I found him in the faces of my children and husband. And that’s OK with God, too.
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