Oh how easy it is to get swept under by the tidal waves of shopping, cooking, parties and planning. Somehow we have to seek out and rest in the quiet, the mystery, the sacred - the calm waters. Advent, my friends, is a time of preparation for Jesus, an anticipation, a longing for his coming. All of our pre-holiday efforts can only sing of Jesus if indeed it is Jesus who has our hearts, our attention, and our intentions. O come, O come, Emmanuel!!