Last night in worship I read "Waiting to Go On," by David Whyte. From it:
We are getting ready
just to be ready
and nothing else.
I like this with six days left in Advent. The text was the story of Zechariah, Elizabeth and John the Baptist. Zechariah is punished (or blessed) with a temporary gift of muteness. We all prayed to be more silent this next week and be listeners and hearers.
Read Whyte's poem in it's entirety and an excellent reflection at: http://www.gavinfrye.com/embracing-ritual-as-a-way-of-living/