We’re beginning the second week of Advent. Some of you–perhaps most of you–are necessarily caught up in the swirl of Christmas planning and shopping, making your lists, fighting the crowds, trying to keep your kids focused, etc. But have hope . . . because you are still living Advent. How can I so confidently say that? Because deep in your heart–or sometimes screaming in your head–is a desire to be done with all of this, a longing to just have unfettered time with your Beloved, to sit at His feet and love Him. That desire of your soul is the truth of your being and the evidence of where your heart is fixed. As my spiritual director has said to me, “That desire is the Holy Spirit.” So the next time you are lamenting the duties of your day, take a moment and look deep into your heart that says, “Lord, I really do want You more than anything! I long for You!” Some days it’s more like an inarticulate groan, but take heart: “The Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words” (Rom 8.26) Sigh.