Saturday, December 14, 2013

Sabbath Moments - Advent Blessings

Sabbath moments are a way of taking time to rest in God, to enjoy God in silence or in nature. The word sabbath comes from a Hebrew word meaning "cease." And that is what we need to do sometimes, cease our activity and live in the moment and breathe in God.
I invite you to share your Sabbath moment(s) here on Saturdays. Be sure to sign into Mr. Linky below!

1. Went out to pray on the lanai this evening. The weather has cooled down a lot today. There was a gentle breeze. The moon was shining brightly. Light from nearby houses reflected off of the water. Beautiful view. And peaceful too. Perfect time to pray, but then when is it not a perfect time?

2.  Pondering today the beauty of this time of year. The prayers and devotions. The advent wreath. Penance services. Candles. Houses lit up with lights to remind us of the light of Christ. My favorite advent prayer - Come, Lord. Jesus, come.

3. Reading my devotionals. Eucharistic Adoration. Listening to podcast of daily readings with time to reflect on what it means. Some lectio divina but not enough. Never enough it seems.
I often struggle this time of year with finding time for prayer and reflection. Both so important. Important for our life with God. Important for our spiritual health and sometimes mental health! Important for our spiritual journey to God.

Advent blessings to all!


Victor S E Moubarak said...

Best wishes this Advent Season.

God bless.

Colleen said...

Advent blessings to you, too Victor!

Barb Schoeneberger said...

You are so right, Colleen. For our physical and mental health we need quiet times of prayer. Just looking at a holy image in peace reduces pain. Scientists used pictures of the Blessed Virgin to test this. The moments of "connecting" with the Persons of the Trinity, the angels and saints help us recover sanity and keep it.

Colleen said...

Barb, I had not heard of that test before but I believe it. One of my favorite statues is one of Our Lady of Guadalupe at a neighboring parish. I can just sit and look at her forever. God bless.

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