Reflect Emmanuel

December 12

Reflect Emmanuel is a series of Advent meditations on Emmanuel, our God with us

December 12, 2013

Molly Cartier, Class of 2016

“Take time to be aware that in the very midst of our busy preparations for the celebration of Christ’s birth in ancient Bethlehem, Christ is reborn in the Bethlehems of our homes and daily lives. Take time, slow down, be still, be awake to the Divine Mystery that looks so common and so ordinary yet is wondrously present.”
- from Edward Hays, A Pilgrim’s Almanac, p.196

The words above relate so well to the spirit of Advent. Preparation for Christmas in the commercial sense can be incredibly busy and it is important for us to remind ourselves of the true reason for preparation and then celebration; that reason being the birth of Jesus Christ. The world has been constantly changing since its creation, and since the birth of Jesus. It is important that regardless of these changes we always remember why we are celebrating Christmas. The way for us to do that is to step back from our busy lives and allow ourselves to reflect. Whether it is in saying a prayer as we walk to class or drive to work, we need to take time for Jesus.

In order for me to pause for the day and take a moment to reflect on Advent, I did a Continuous Line Contour Drawing. When I made this, I was not allowed to pick up the pen at any point. The entire piece is made with one line. By drawing this, I was able to relax and reflect on the upcoming Advent. I hope we can all find time to reflect everyday.