Admit it. It’s been far too long since we met here. Alas, my fault. But, I am back from a restful and restorative Thanksgiving vacation and with only 17 days left to go before I am a mere one semester shy of my degree (read: 17 days before this semester is over), I thought I would take a moment to regroup, breathe, and prepare with you. So as I eat this bowl of soup, let me fill you in on the next 17 days of my life.
December 16, 2009. That’s the day it will all be done. Yikes! Between now and then, I have 8 discrete assignments to complete: (in order of appearance) 1 case study, 1 lecture, 1 paper revision for a course in Jewish/Christian Relations, 1 M.Div thesis (no pressure, no pressure), 1 evaluation of my experience as a teaching assistant, 1 paper for ethics, 1 paper for a community organizing class, and 1 (yes, only 1) final exam (Jewish/Christian Relations, if you were curious). If I counted correctly, that will be 8 tasks, papers, and assignments due in a little more than 2 weeks. When I say it like that, I’m a little frightened.
Fortunately, this restful and restorative vacation has filled me with a sense of optimism! I am rested, I have perspective on this 17-day period in my life, and I just know I can do it. May not do it spectacularly, but I sure as heck can do it.
Also, the theologian in me is peaceful and encouraged by the current liturgical season. We are in the first week of Advent, which the the season meant to remind the church to prepare a way for Christ in the world, in our hearts, and in our relationships. I am encouraged to know that I embark on these 8 assignments during a season in which I reflect on the presence of God in my life and actions. In a small (but significant) way, I am grateful to ponder the reality that I am preparing a way for God. Whether I prepare a way through the content of my assignments or simply by the sheer force of will I must exert in order to accomplish all 8 on time, I still prepare a way. It may be small, and it may be unnoticed by many, but I’ve never had much luck finding God in grand gestures and momentous occasions. I’d rather continue to find God in the small, apparently insignificant moments and actions in my life (and with any luck, in these next 17 days).