Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent

I don’t know about you, but every time I try to do something that takes a long time, I start with great enthusiasm.  This initial excitement lasts for a while, then it drops off.  Over the weekend one of my sons ran a marathon.  That’s 26.2 miles.  It’s a long way.  A lot of runners will tell you that the biggest challenge is to contain your enthusiasm over the first few miles.  Your natural tendency is to start off too fast and then run out of gas before you get to the end.  Successful long-distance runners will run the first mile of a marathon at the same pace as the last mile and every mile in between.

Here we are, more than half way through the season of Advent.  How’s it going so far?  Are your preparations for the coming of the baby Jesus moving along.  Or did you start fast, with the best of intentions, but your prayer and reflection have dropped off?  Maybe you had a really busy weekend and just didn’t get around to your daily prayer?  It’s tempting to think that you’ve blown it and just give up because you’ve already failed.

That’s not the case at all.  God calls each of us to do the best that we can.  If you neglected your prayer life over the weekend just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get back on track.  God doesn’t expect us to be perfect.  We shouldn’t expect ourselves to be perfect either.  We should expect ourselves to do our best.

At the beginning of Advent I told you I would post here every day.  Yesterday I failed.  I was out of town over the weekend and I thought I’d have time to post something yesterday but I didn’t.  And I’m sorry.  The thing about writing a blog is that if you miss a day everyone knows it.  I promise to do my best to keep up if you promise to read along.  And, I hope you’ll forgive me if I turn out to not be perfect.

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