I pray that you and yours are safe and well and warm on these very cold January days. Winter is not always my favorite season of the year, but as the sun starts to come back and the days grow longer, I gain a sense of hope and promise for what is to come.
In this new calendar year and in the midst of this ongoing pandemic, I’ve been thinking about the quality of my life and yours. It’s not that I’m trying to come up with New Year’s resolutions several weeks late, but more of a sense of how I want to go through my days, moment to moment. Maybe it’s more of having a certain attitude about life in general and how that colors the way I act with people specifically.
I pray that you and yours are safe and well and warm on these cold January days. I pray, too, that some of the light of Christmas continues to shine in your life to give you hope and to allow you to bring hope to others. For the light of God that is in us, however small or dim, brings light to our lives and to the lives of everyone around us.
We are living in a year in which we are focusing on Faith Matters. It’s the theme or focus we’ve taken up for the year as a way to learn more about our faith in terms of what we Christians believe about God and how we are to live our lives…
Christmas is all about hope. When we are little our Christmas hope is drawn to a special toy or video game. We yearn for Christmas to come in anticipation of the presents under the tree. As we grow up, our Christmas hope is drawn to different “toys” and gifts of the day. The different toys and gifts begin to include the hope we give to others by the sharing of physical signs of our love for them. Even the lights and decorations that spring up in these winter days are signs of hope: the hope that Christmas will come and continue to bring light and beauty into our worlds. All through life, Christmas is all about hope.
Preparing our hearts and lives for God to enter in is part of the Christian life in every season. God is always inviting us to prepare some space in our lives for God to come in. It’s part of the wonder of God’s love that God is ready to come into our lives at any time. Yet, God also respects our free will so much that God will only come in when invited or when we take physical steps to make room for God. So, in this season of Advent, we are all called to make a space, to prepare a way, to make some choices about how we are living so God can come in.