Advent Reflections: Day 22

Once again, O LORD of hosts,
look down from heaven, and see;
take care of this vine,
and protect what your right hand has planted
the son of man whom you yourself made strong.

Ps 80:15-16

When we are feeling most vulnerable, most tired and most overwrought what we really want most is to be tended to, cared for, lifted up. As we come to the end of the Advent season now is the time for us to see the fruit of our labor, the gifts will be unwrapped soon and the feast will be consumed. We are in the waning days of the long road of a joyous journey. From where we sit today, weary and maybe a little overwhelmed, we can see the end of the road, we can see the celebration ahead and we may even get a second wind in our sails that will get us to the goal ahead.

As you contemplate this today we move into a complementary position to Stone Table, it is called “Tent.”  The verse that accompanies this position is:

“I long to dwell in your tent forever.”

As you move from Stone Table, into Tent, breathe this verse, knowing that this is where you will find the tending and care you need for what lies ahead.

Tent

Tent

From Stone Table lift at the midsection, pressing out through the hands and working your heels toward the mat. Feel the stretch through the back of the leg and the arms. Keep your head aligned with the arms, ears in line with the elbow and back “hinged” at the hip so that the lower back is flat. Breathe evenly here and then shift back to Stone Table. Pay attention to the feel of the movement as you go from Stone Table to Tent. There should be a sense of “relief” as you move from one to the other as they are complimentary positions.

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