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Chaplaincy

Wednesday, Second Week of Advent

I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord
      in the land of the living.
      Wait for the Lord;
      be strong, and let your heart take courage;
      wait for the Lord!
-- Psalm 27:13-14

‘Tis the Season to Hurry Up and Wait…

In today’s society everything is so fast-paced, so rushed.  Often times we as human beings do not realize how easily we get swept into this whirlwind that is our day-to-day lives. More often than not, we find ourselves looking back and saying, “Where has the time gone?” This should be a clear indication that we are allowing life to pass us by without stopping to experience its beauty and simple joys. Instead of taking a step back we keep going nonstop to meet deadlines, working constantly, and trying to keep up with everyone around us by being our very best one hundred percent of the time.

I am guilty of all of the above. More recently I’ve noticed how quickly the past few years have gone.  I find myself wondering why I haven’t taken more time to truly appreciate life experiences no matter how small they may seem like so many of us forget to do.

Advent season is a special time for so many reasons, but I feel the most significant and maybe ironic piece of it is that we as Christians are waiting for the second coming of Christ, waiting for Christmas, waiting for a new year…another clean slate. We live in a society where we want things immediately and we move so quickly. However, during the advent season we are challenged to slow down as we wait expectantly for the coming of the Holy Spirit. I think this challenge is a blessing. For myself it gives me some time to reflect and really think about my life, some time to ponder what I am grateful for, and where I need to make some changes. It reminds me that life is too short not to do everything I can to embrace each moment no matter how small and hold on with appreciation even for just a few moments.  My hope for us all during this Advent is to slow down so that we can reflect and appreciate what we have and then carry that with us into and throughout the New Year.

-- Noelle Niznik, Assistant Director of Student Activities