Advent, in the tradition where I was raised, is a time of preparation, anticipation, getting ready. As I consider it now, a question arises: How do we prepare for Grace?
If we’re not attentive, not ready for the unpredictable arrival of grace, we may miss its quiet approach. If we’re tight or if we tighten, we may block its arrival or choke the fullness of its presence.
There’s a balance, here, and a fluidity: attending and softening, receiving and letting go, keeping eyes open and heart open, staying observant and transparent to the flow of life.
This balanced state is what Richard Moss calls “relaxed readiness”. It is a natural state that most of us need to re-learn. And thus we practice. Moment by moment, we are aware and we breathe. Moment by moment, we see and we soften.
We prepare for Grace.