Today, I have been thinking about a great spiritual hole that exists in my life right now. About a week before Advent started, I ordered the Advent/Christmas Volume of the Liturgy of the Hours. The company had some kind of screw up, and while I was not charged, I did not receive the LotH either. So, last week I reordered it, this time from Amazon, but since it is Christmas, the mail is going very slow and I won't have it till next week probably.
I would have never imagined this, but being the first time since Lent that I have gone this long without being able to pray the LotH has been brutal. It is like my relationship with God is somehow more distant when I am not structured and praying the Psalms and doing the readings regularly. Luckily, the fact that we are having a child has drawn me closer to God, as has Advent season. I would feel destitute had this happened during ordinary time.