Sunday, December 22, 2013

Reflection for Sunday, December 22, 2013

Fourth Sunday of Advent

The readings for the day can be found here.


The advent season is such a wonderful time of the year.  It seems as though everyone, all over the world, is coming together to spend time with loved ones, spread the good news to all they meet, and give back to others in ways they best see fit.  While I’ve see these actions being performed everywhere I go, I’ve also seen how advent brings about trying times.  “Trying?” you might ask.  “Yes.”  This season calls for our faith in the Lord to stand firm.  For some people, times may be financially difficult and they aren’t capable of giving to others.  In certain circumstances, people may not have any friends or family to share this special time with.  During advent and in our everyday lives, we are faced with many challenges that may require us to call on God.  We may think we can resolve our issues on our own.  Often we use some excuse—such as not wanting to bother Him, but we shouldn’t let anything keep us from going to, hearing and obeying Him.  Do we ever stop to think that Jesus knows our struggles and experiences as He was born a man?  He has been where we are and has the ability to help.

                  Whether times are tough or things are going according as planned, it’s important to remember what this season really means.  It’s important to call on His name and keep our faith in our lowest of valleys and not only in our highest of peaks.  Jesus did not come to help us save ourselves; He came to be our savior.  I challenge you today and throughout the rest of this Advent season to ask God to take control of your life and that His will be done.

Jessica McNeese is an admission counselor in the Office of Admission here at SLU.  She graduated from SLU in 2008 with a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

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