gradually, little by little, savoring

     A few days ago, a friend told me how she prepares for Christmas. She brings holly berries and magnolia and other outdoor things into her house gradually, little by little, savoring. She pots amaryllis and paperwhites and watches them grow gradually, little by little, savoring. She prepares her heart the same way--gradually, little by little, savoring. 

     At first, I thought, “I can’t afford to prepare gradually, little by little, savoring.” And then I thought, “I am very tired and thirsty. I can’t afford not to.”

 “Being in a hurry. Getting to the next thing without fully entering the thing in front of me. I cannot think of a single advantage I’ve ever gained from being in a hurry. But a thousand broken and missed things, tens of thousands, lie in the wake of all the rushing. . . .” Mark Buchanan

 “You allow them to drink from the river of Your delights." Psalm 36:8