“The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge
that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.”
- Henri Nouwen
The observation of sacred seasons is an important spiritual discipline. Taking time to consider what each season means to our faith and brings to our lives can help establish a rhythm of spiritual consideration. Where we might otherwise allow weeks to turn into months and months to years, these seasons can help draw our awareness to what has changed in our lives and what remains the same.
The liturgical changes have helped accentuate Advent as a season of anticipation, planning and repentance. Please plan to arrive early to be inspired by the additional sacred music. This week we will have guest musicians, a brass quartet, that cannot be missed! It will harken the coming of God Incarnate.
Spiritual disciplines are worth our commitment. I expect to write of others soon, fixed hour prayer, sacred meals, fasting and more. Each of these has the capacity to transform us as we make a commitment to seek God through them. Perhaps the best news of all, is that it is never too late to start, or recommit to these disciplines that draw us closer to God.