the journey

hey all, it’s hard to believe that christmas is only a few days away. this week is a foggy week for us as a couple of the kids are fighting off the same crud i got, and we kicked off our christmas vacation by getting far-too-many shots for africa, fun fun.  all 7 of us are going to kenya and uganda for a mission/adventure combo january 18 2010. i have always wanted to go to africa, and we are all really excited for this opportunity.  more details coming soon!

this will be my last post before christmas, and i thought i’d share a video my friend jenny herrick and i created for our 4th week of advent at the refuge this past saturday night as part of the refuge’s christmas dinner celebration/final week of advent gathering.  one thing the refuge is really good at is a crazy combination of deep & spiritual and fun & wild at the same time.  our evening together included great food, games with the grownups & kids, sobriety birthdays, singing christmas carols, this video reflection, and communion together.  it was topped by a lovely little surprise from my “identical twin” (aka my teammate karl) who impersonated my clothes, my words, my hand motions, the whole kit and kaboodle.  it was hilarious, and i will never be able to wear my jean skirt and puffy vest without thinking twice first.

anyway, i hope you can take a few minutes and soak in this short guided meditation.   our 4 weeks of advent have been built around celtic traditions.  this one focused on our journey & the vigilance it requires to stay in, keep going, and let go of having all the answers.   one of my hopes for the new year is to continue to be more and more aware of God in the midst of the journey–along the way–and focus less and less on the destination, since it never seems like i end up there anyway.

merry christmas, everyone!  enjoy.

Kathy Escobar

Kathy Escobar co-pastors at The Refuge, a Christian community and mission center in North Denver and is the author of Faith Shift: Finding Your Way Forward When Everything You Believe is Coming Apart and several other books.

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  • Beautiful Kathy, just beautiful. It is so good to be reminded of peregrinatio and of the trust in God which it entails. Thank you. Every blessing to you and the Refuge at Christmas.

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  • the warmth of a hugh….hmmmm??? think I’m feeling the judgment of others more. sorry…just being honest. love the reflection video…just feel like He’s not there at all right now. 🙁

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  • I loved the video, Kathy! It reminded me of how unaware I’ve been of what is going on inside of me. This year I have not done well at taking the time to anticipate and enjoy advent. I have missed it! It is so easy to get carried away in the hustle and bustle of the season (which I did) and forget to make time for the truly important! Even the few minutes I took to watch the video made me realize that I need to slow down and take time and write and reflect and remember who I am and whose I am! You always make me think and dig deeper and I so appreciate that.

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  • mark – you, too. i am excited to hear about what you decide for 2010 and the changes that are possible?

    dave – it is always great to hear from you. thanks for saying hi & for all of the beauty you create.

    randi – you, too!

    debbie – thanks for reading, i hope i can come hang out with you guys next year, i was sad about december!

    tammy – thanks for being honest, it stinks to feel judgement and loneliness. thinking of you & sending love & hope.

    patty – yeah, i know that feeling of looking up and it’s over. glad we always have new opportunities to notice and listen. see you next week! xo

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  • Great post. I learned some very useful information from it. I have been struggling with addiction myself for most of my life, so what you wrote really meant a lot to me. Take it one day at a time!

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