Living with intentionality
Receiving the Advent call to re-direction
We live with many things: regret, hope, apathy, anger, and expectation. Without even realizing it, we find ourselves lugging these things from one place to the next. To live with intentionality is to purposefully respond to these in a way different from your upbringing or your gut reaction. It is swimming upstream to really celebrate Advent, to engage in communal waiting for Christ, longing for the difference God’s presence makes in the world.
Intentionality mainly involves two things: the small task of deciding how you want to live and the large task of living that way (good news, eh!). So the primary task of these meditations is to spark creative thought for the first part and to encourage endurance and renewal for the second part.
If you’re wondering why the second part of intentionality is so hard, it’s because we live in a world which does not exactly agree or ‘harmonize’ with rhythms of life that challenge the core beliefs of our society. Consumerism, globalization, and pluralism all wage war on living a better, simpler life.
These meditations are also for those of us whose generational flaw is the lack of tangible interaction with the earth, with its rhythms, and with real work. May these voices, some ancient and some contemporary, carry us to the hill of the Lord where we can see clearly how we want to live and how we can, with the Spirit’s help, make it happen .
Enflame our imaginations, Holy Spirit.