How many of you are love in tiny houses? Do you want Tiny House Hunters on HG-TV, secretly wishing you could buy one too?
What makes you want a tiny house?
I know what it is for me–I love how cute they are. And the innovation employed by designers to incorporate storage and privacy along with functionality just knocks my socks off.
And now it’s gone to another level.
Men have their man caves. And now women have their she-sheds!
I saw these two the other day on Facebook and honestly, I couldn’t choose …
Do I pick this one …
or this one?
Once I saw the inside though, I made my choice.
It reminded me of the Gingerbread houses in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard. I got to do a gig at The Tabernacle there once and stay in one of those adorable houses. I gave a quick tour in this video on my performance:
But I have to say, the rustic house appealed to me too, giving the illusion of living outdoors.
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Here we go again! Daylight savings time is over, the decorations are up in the stores: the march towards Christmas begins.
And there’s so much to do!
from decorating our homes …
to cooking, entertaining and party-hopping …
to buying and wrapping gifts … and mailing them …
to making out cards … and mailing them …
to volunteering our time and giving to our favorite charities …
to spending time with family …
All good but …
Don’t get me wrong; all of these things are worthwhile, so long as we do them freely and we have the means to do so.
What about people who are hurting financially and feel the pressure to buy gifts?
What about those dealing with complex family relationships who are obligated to spend time with that troublesome parent, sibling, aunt or cousin?
What about people (like me) who have no talent in cooking, decorating and entertaining but are expected to do them anyway?
And what of the poor souls who work in retail and are bombarded with the holidays 24/7?
Do the demands and the frantic pace of Christmas make you want to withdraw
to a quiet and peaceful space? How do you find that space?
There is a best-kept secret in our churches, that of the Advent season. Beginning after Thanksgiving, Advent presents a quieter and simpler approach. It’s a spiritual safe haven where we can retreat, be quiet and prepare for true purpose of Christmas, that of welcoming God come down as a human child to live among us.
In a series of blog posts, I will be presenting some of that treasure through songs, videos and readings in the hopes that this will lead you into that quiet space within yourself, the “inner room” where Jesus encourages us to go when we wish to pray.
Carry it with you
Advent introduces you to a gift, a sacred space which you can carry around inside of you long after Christmas is over. It’s a place to go to when you need to recharge your battery. It’s where you will find the endless welcome and acceptance from a God who longs to lavish love and mercy upon you.
Jesus retreated regularly to his inner room to be with the One he loved most. We can do the same.