Advent, 1st Sunday (C) Many hunters tell me they pray better in a tree stand than in church. Honestly, I believe them. Creation is the first sacrament. It speaks to us of God's loving presence, but we have forgotten how to listen. We have become, "drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life," and we don't see the signs of God's love for us.

We can learn two lessons from deer hunters. They scout in advance, looking for clues that tell them where the deer are. They position a tree stand in just the right place. They wake up early so they can be in position when the deer go for Starbucks, to, um... "harvest" a big buck.

Just like a good deer hunter, we need to pick the right place and the right time to pray. Make yourself a dedicated prayer corner, prayer room, or prayer chair. Set a time that works for you.

Secondly, we need to be reading the signs that God puts all around us. God exists in all places and all times; he can meet you in any place and any time. You will often recognize God's loving presence in unexpected delights.

Spend time each day connecting with God in prayer, then keep your eyes open for Delight!

(28 Nov 2021)

Going Deeper: Today begins Oriens: A Pilgrimage Through Advent and Christmas. Join the Virtual Bible Study Monday mornings at 10 AM CST. Make note of your delights each day. Share one in the comments below.

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