Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent
This is my comfort in my trouble,
that your promise gives me life.
Rituals are important, because they usher us into the center of it all. The carols, the decorated trees, the manger scenes. The seasonal celebrations and the pauses for solemn awe. How empty these are if they become routine and we cease to allow ourselves to be touched, transfixed, and transformed. We do await the Christ child, as astonishing and momentous an event as any birth. That in and of itself could transport one into wonder. And this is so much more.
This little Babe so few days old
Is come to rifle Satan's fold;