He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High Luke 1:32
Happy Advent everyone! I don’t know about you, but this past year went so fast, it is hard to believe we are in December! This week I want to talk about Advent and Christmas. This is my favorite time of the year, minus the cold, but oh well, that’s what I get for staying in Ohio. Anyway, I love this time of year, the glow of Christmas lights, drinking more coffee than I should, baking sugar cookies, seeing my family, awaiting the birth of Jesus and all of the decorations everywhere. In years past I loved this time of year because it meant the semester was over, I was able to see my family and I would be getting new material items. This year, however, I love this time of year because of what Advent truly means. When I was younger, I always thought as Advent as the wait before I received new presents, well and the birth of Jesus, but never really understood until recently how important this time of year is. We are waiting for Jesus to be born, just as we wait for the return of him. During this time of waiting we are called to prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus. So how are you preparing this Advent? I have decided to commit myself to saying a rosary each day, writing out scripture, reading my Blessed is She daily devotions and following Dynamic Catholic’s Best Advent Ever program. This past year, my faith has changed drastically. My relationship with God has become stronger than ever, I have more meaningful friendships, conversations and I have changed the way I look at situations in my life. I’ve realized that during this time of waiting I must prepare myself for Jesus, just like I prepare myself for the other things I am waiting on in my life. God gives us time to prepare ourselves for different things in our lives, do we take advantage of this or complain about the wait? I know in the past I’ve complained, I didn’t want to wait until God was ready and I wanted to control my own life. This year has taught me so much about myself and my relationship with God. I’ve learned to trust him with each day, because he knows what is going to happen, I don’t. If you would have told me last year I would have a blog and a bible study, I would have told you that you are crazy. I was never one to express my faith or belief, I would just say yes I’m Catholic and be done. But God doesn’t want us to agree with this world and just muddle through hoping to get to heaven. We need to be bold. We need to embrace his love and share it with others. There is so much more for us than this world. So as you wait for Jesus this season, think about how he has prepared you in the past during your wait for certain things. How did you react to the wait? How did you grow in your faith or did you lose your way for awhile? As we begin this season of Advent, let us focus on Jesus and not let ourselves get caught up in the world’s need of more material items. Let us get caught up in the love God has for us to send us his only son to be one of us. Let us wait and prepare our hearts for the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ. I wish each of you a wonderful season of preparing and waiting.
The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name Luke 1:49