A reminder here. We all know it, of course. And we need to hear it again and again:
Just as babies are not born without a period of gestation in the darkness of the womb, and just as spring bulbs do not blossom without a waiting period in the dark soil, so we do not bloom and flourish without times of quiet and rest. The season of Advent is one of those times, a time of dark and quiet and preparation. Take advantage of this gift of time — don’t let all your time in the next couple of weeks be totally caught up in the frantic holiday craziness.