Yesterday at church we got the annual (and very good) homily about going inside of oneself during Advent to find God in the ‘quiet’. As a teacher I can tell you that this time of year is anything but quiet. We have events scheduled for our students every day this week, and the semester ends soon.
I worry about the ones for whom the ‘quiet’ is disturbed by thoughts of despair, broken families, overheard financial problems discussed by struggling parents, and more. I read a great deal about student problems in their writing, and their problems seem especially close to the surface this year.
I love the season of Advent and the quiet waiting. Easter is supposed to be the most important feast of the liturgical year, but Advent followed by Christmas is my favorite. I will listen for God in the quiet of solitude that is so important to me, but I will also listen for my ‘kids’ in the chaos of this time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and try not to be too distracted to hear what they need someone to hear.