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Asleep in Your Friendship

Love Builds Up
It's a Manger in There
What Wisdom and Learning Cannot See
The Face of God
Sing This Song
An Advent Question
Steps of Bravery: Walking into Darkness
Do All With Love
Teachable Moments
Jesus Goes to All Lengths to Find Us
My Annual Binge
God's Great Kindness: A Source of Freedom
"To What Shall I Compare This Generation?"
Asleep in Your Friendship
Let's Sing a New Song
Ancestral Connections
Choose Love
Proceeding with Faith
Dance for Joy
The Gift of Letting Go
Where is My Trust in the Holy Spirit
But We Hear This Every Year
Love Bravely
Artwork by Jonathan Driscoll ‘20

Week 2, Day 7
Saturday, December 15
First Reading: SIR 48:1-4, 9-11
Responsorial Psalm PS 80:2AC AND 3B, 15-16, 18-19
Gospel: MT 17:9A, 10-13

“Blessed is he who shall have seen you and who falls asleep in your friendship.”

Faith, while a mystery, has never been something I’ve really questioned. I think that unintentionally, I learned a lot about faith from my grandmother.  I remember feeling guilty when she passed—that while hurting for myself and my family, I found grace in that moment in her hospital room. You see, her faith was so strong. So strong that I couldn’t help but share in it and find comfort in her eternal peace.  

Years later, I have drawn upon that faith many times, but how do I employ faith as a constant in my life as opposed to a last line of defense? When I think of Advent, I think of the word preparation.  As the church prepares to celebrate the nativity in this season of Advent, how too can I better prepare myself?  We are all so busy; the time just seems to fly by, until boom! A moment arrives requiring us to call upon our faith: to get through, to give thanks, to ask for guidance. If I were able to engage my faith more often in my daily life, as opposed to accessing it primarily in those high stakes moments, I think I would be more prepared. I think I would listen more and talk less, show love and kindness more, carry less stress and anxiety, and maybe, most importantly, I might help to spread the blessing of faith to others without even knowing it! You see, I don’t believe grandma was trying to teach me anything about my faith; she was simply living hers.

Dave Raney `95 is Chair of the Board at Seattle Prep. He and his wife, Erin, are parents to Lauren (10) and Blake (8).