This last week I seem to have gone from one festive gathering too another & cooked meals for hoards of people. Tuesday evening I spoke at Tom’s Fuller Seminary class on Shalom and the Vision of God, Wednesday lunch we feasted our Celtic planning group to wild mushroom soup and home made bread, Thursday a crowd of 14 of us gathered for our first ever Mustard Seed House evening for those that are interested in community and dug into an Asian feast of Phad Thai and Fried rice, and Friday evening we entertained Spencer Burke from the Ooze and others who were attending the Off the Map conference this time feasting on an Italian casserole with lots of garden vegetables mushrooms, spicy chicken sausage & lots of cheese. By the time our concert with Tracy Howe came around Saturday evening I was exhausted which was very disappointing as she did a wonderful job.
Too much feasting can be bad for us not just because of the extra calories we consume but also because it can play havoc with the natural rhythms of our lives… which is something all of us need to consider as the festive season approaches. How do we find the balance between celebrating the season and exploring the quiet spaces of contemplation that are an important part of this this season.
Interestingly I am finding a growing number of networks that are trying to help people focus away from the gluttony and consumerism of the season to true meaning of the pre Christmas season – preparation for the coming of Christ into our lives and into our world. I particularly love the affirmation of the Advent Conspiracy organization: restoring the scandal of Christmas by worshipping Jesus through compassion, not consumption. If we focused on compassion not consumption imagine what a difference we could make.