Grace and peace to you.
Today is the biggest shopping day,
but Sunday is the beginning of Advent.
On Black Friday
when merchants go into the black,
go into the black.
Enter the mystery.
Wait for what you do not know.
While others are checking off items on their lists
chuck out your list.
While others are shopping,
wait to receive.
While others seek satisfaction
While others join the rush
join the stillness.
While others fill their carts
empty your heart.
While others take advantage of a limited supply
know that an infinite grace is prepared for you,
that what is promised you
can’t be taken away from you,
and that what you are given infinitely
you can infinitely give.
Find peace not in finding, but in waiting,
and befriend not knowing.
Imagine that you will receive
what you can’t expect.
Believe that what you’ve always wanted
you’ve never imagined.
Go into the black, and wait there
for the dawn, for the angel,
for the child.
In the black, in the silent mystery
is the holy.
Copyright © Steve Garnaas-Holmes