Advent Reflections: Day Five

Trust in the LORD forever!
For the LORD is an eternal Rock.
He humbles those in high places,
and the lofty city he brings down;
He tumbles it to the ground,
levels it with the dust.

Is 26:4-5

The pressure starts to really kick in as we see our calendars fill up with parties, projects, deadlines and responsibilities. It isn’t just the steady approach of the long-awaited feast of Christmas but also the end of our year draws closer. Not many of us have the luxury of keeping our minds only on the coming of the Christ child. In these moments the best we can do is to remember where we’re anchored and this is an exercise in trust.

What is it in your life during this season that keeps you from this trust? At the end of the day what is it that has blocked your moment of trust, your moment of focus and remembrance? What can we afford to set aside in order to make room for these moments? What is it we need to sacrifice to find that focus? As you work through the positions we’ve practiced already be thinking about what this next position, “Sacrifice” asks of us.

Begin with Prayer and Prayer Breathing, sit in Wisdom for a breath or two, move into Alpha to open at the heart and then draw the knees in for Sacrifice. Contract the abdominals in this position, lifting at the heart and keeping a neutral neck position. As an alternative to the neutral neck you may bring your chin to your chest. This widens the stretch in the spine and helps relax tension in the neck.

Sacrifice

Hold here, in this position, lifting at the heart, balancing while holding the knees gently. Breathe into this position, trusting that in this moment you are where you need to be, trusting that whatever you lie down as sacrifice today, that it will ultimately lead to the building up of a strong body and a strong spirit within you.

The verse that usually accompanies “Sacrifice” may also lend some inspiration as you spend time in this position:

“May my prayer be set before you like incense;

may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.”

Ps 141.2

If you’d like to make this position more challenging you may do as the verse instructs and lift the hands from the knees, bent at the elbows, palms lifting upward.

 

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