My piano was recently tuned and I find myself playing it more. I always find this. After each tuning I am drawn to it, ready to sink my fingers into the keys and hear the melody as it pours forth. As time passes and the strings loosen I find myself playing it less and less. When the pitch is not perfect and the note not as sharp I find it more irritating than enjoyable.
As I sat today at the piano I realized how much my faith is like this. I find myself more drawn to God when I constantly stay in contact through prayers and reading. When I let that aspect of my life lapse it is difficult to get back into it because my faith is not as sharp and I become easily distracted. I need a constant connection, a dedicated time set aside to maintain my faith. My faith needs tuning regularly.
It can be hard to find the time to do this especially now with the mornings so dark and evenings darker. How do you settle in to time with God when it’s hard to drag yourself out of a nice warm bed on frosty mornings? I manage most days with the promise of hot tea or coffee and a warm blanket to wrap myself in while I do my reading. I’ve begun baking oatmeal in the morning so that I can enjoy the aroma while I do my reading. Any little thing to convince myself of it’s value I’ve taken advantage of.
The thing is I really shouldn’t need convincing. I can see the difference when I slack off. My mind is less sharp and I am not as focused as I might like to be. When I start the day with God I carry God with me through the day and that is as Martha Stewart would say ‘a good thing’. Over the next 25 days I will continue getting up early and doing my morning readings. In addition to those readings I’ll be doing The Advent Project, a study that I worked on to help people explore their faith as they travel through the season of Advent. The study is free, flexible and you can do it at your own pace. I think it’s good whether you’re in need of a tuning or would just like something to help you focus on the season of Advent.
It is my hope that as we meet God daily we’ll find ourselves more drawn to God. Throughout the busyness of the holiday season it can be easy to let faith go as we have mountainous to-do lists and many gatherings to attend. Through daily readings, prayers and meditations we will journey through Advent and allow ourselves to sink into the true meaning of the season.
I hope you’ll join us.