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The Christian season of Advent, which begins today, is about waiting in hope, watching, and being prepared. There are many kinds of preparation.
In our culture, the most common kind is getting ready for the Great American Consumption Holiday on December 25. We approach it as burden and thrill. As the nurse who dealt with my early morning call to my HMO for help with an infection said, "Help! I look at the calendar and realized that the holidays are coming and I haven't started. ..."
Another kind of preparation consists of taking stock of where we are. The consequence can be unsettling. A friend who works for restorative justice shared an article that takes the measure of those among us who involuntarily wait in lives suspended inside or on the doorstep of our prisons.
As we wait for more sunlight (and some of us for Light) let's remember those we have shut away in darkness.