Dixie Darr

My Literary Advent Calendar, Day Eight

In Uncategorized on December 4, 2016 at 5:22 pm

everyday-sacredSunday, December 4, 2016

A display of vibrant quilts led Sue Bender to seek extended visits with Amish families to find an inner quiet and calm. Returning to her life as a ceramic artist in New York, she wrote a book, Plain and Simple: A Woman’s Journey to the Amish, which became a New York Times bestseller. Although she tried to keep the unhurried spirit of the Amish, almost without noticing it, her former hectic life began to return.

Suddenly I had too much on my plate. I had slipped back into an old groove, frantically scurrying to get everything done, crossing things off a never-ending list, and feeling the constant weight of all that was left undone.”

Her search for breathing space led her to the term, everyday sacred, and the vision of a begging bowl. What if, she wondered, she saw each day as an empty bowl and simply accepted gratefully whatever was placed in it? That experience led to her second book, Everyday Sacred: A Woman’s Journey Home.

Advent is a time of waiting, waiting for the coming of the Messiah, and we are lousy at waiting. Maybe that’s why we fill the weeks before Christmas with frantic shopping and baking and wrapping and decorating and going to parties and sending cards. What if we didn’t? What would that look like? How would it feel?

I love Christmas, but I have cut out everything but decorating my apartment, church activities, and sending Christmas cards, and sometimes it still feels like too much. Our culture teaches us that nothing is ever enough; we always want more. Maybe this year, instead of craving more, I’ll try for less.


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