Advent Reflections: Day 20

Mary set out in those days
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
“Most blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.”

Luke 1: 39-45

Between now and Christmas eve be reflecting on those final days of waiting, being open, ready for the blessings, the divine appointments, the new life coming to greet you around every turn.

Between now and the feast to come it will feel difficult to steal away and find those moments of quiet and reflection but make time, choose at least 5-10 minutes to breathe in that promise of new life, that promise of hope, that promise of beauty.

Your position today is the compliment of “Holy Ground” and it is called “Omega.”  The emphasis today is on opening up at the heart. By keeping ourselves “open” we guard against the damage that comes from the defensive posture we tend to develop when things get stressful. It takes trust to open ourselves when all seems to be closing in on us. Today, as you move through Holy Ground and Omega, find those moments of trust. Breathe the words from Elizabeth to Mary,
Blessed are you who believed
what was spoken to you by the Lord




From yesterday’s position of Holy Ground (or from kneeling) draw hands behind the body just past your feet. Turn palms toward the body and open at the heart. You may straighten the arms or, to intensify, bend slightly at the elbow and lift backside from your heels, pressing hips upward. You may let your head drop back or bring your chin to your chest. If you let your head drop back be gentle when you release the position, bringing hips and backside to heels first, bending at elbows and guiding your head back to a neutral position.



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