Many Christian traditions recognize the four weeks prior to Christmas as “advent”, which refers to the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event. We all anticipate the arrival of the baby Jesus who is bringing great gifts for us: faith, peace, love, joy. I prefer to think of this season as the “becoming” time…..it is the time when I celebrate the birth of these great qualities in myself.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” –Hebrews 11:1….. What do you believe in? What beliefs exist for you no matter what happens? Perhaps you believe that parental love is absolutely permanent and infallible. No matter what happens, you can count on Mom and Dad. And that is true for many of us.
Like Christmas shining at the end of the long year, so the light of faith shines at the end of the long journey toward it. It does not matter how you have come, nor how slow your journey toward light and understanding has seemed. The light of Christ is shining steadily in you, through you, and for you. It shines like the Christmas of YOUR life; it proclaims the presence of God; it sings songs of rejoicing because the birth of the Christ spirit is in YOUR midst.
BEGIN your day with a 20-minute period of peace..Call it whatever you like, prayer, meditation, the silence, peaceful moments. Get up a little earlier than usual. You can read inspirational stuff or focus on a positive statement like “I walk in the light of God and all is well.” Try listening to some quiet music. Stay in a private area where you will not be disturbed. Focus on your breathing, just like you were doing some exercise like squats, pushups, situps, lunges. Breathing is exercise. You will be amazed at how good it feels to breathe deeply for 20 minutes.
People call it “prayer,” “meditation,” “the silence.” Basically, it means simply, stop moving, get physically still, clear the mind, and preferably, close the eyes, and breathe deeply and slowly.
Although I spend as little time as possible listening to the “news,” I have not been able to avoid some details about the chaos and tragedy that dominate news reports almost all the time. Here’s a few thoughts. “As a man thinketh, so is he.”……..words of wisdom from many great leaders. What is […]
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“Turn off the video game and come to the table now!” It’s 6:05 PM at the Macready residence, and the evening “ritual” has begun. Six-year-old Richard has been at his video console for an hour and half now. At first, Mom was happy because the game kept him quiet so she could prepare dinner. Now […]
All parents want their kids to be strong and confident. We all get excited when our kids become class president, captain of the team, or student council member. We all want them to raise their hands, ask questions and give answers in class. We want them to participate. We want them to be leaders, not […]