Thursday, December 12, 2019

Are you embracing God's gifts?

What are you feeling in this season of Advent?

Are you experiencing joy?
Do you feel sense of loss?
Are you overwhelmed?
Feeling Anxious?

There are all kinds of emotions that can fill this season.  Personally, I know I don’t always take time to consider what I am feeling.  I just move from one moment to the next.  I go to church, I worry about shopping, I try to put the kids to bed, and on the story goes. 

One thing that makes the story of Mary and Joseph unique is their ability to contemplate God’s presence in their lives.  Mary particularly didn’t just let life happen to her.  The Bible says she took time to ponder each moment in her heart.  Her world was filled with Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love, and she took time to experience these things… I believe God is still present in our world, but we don’t always take the time to notice.

A couple weeks ago, I came down with a case of laryngitis.   My voice is a pretty important part of my job, so it was frustrating situation.  I found myself wishing things were different.  Instead of the blessings, I focused on my limitations. 

It took me a while, but I realized that some things are beyond my control.  I can dwell on the negative, or I can live by faith in what God is doing.  I am blessed to have two little boys.  These guys are always a handful, but they can show me what it’s like to live in the moment.  They value me whether I am talking or not.  Life is a gift… I’m glad I can be present to cherish it.

Today I hope we can all open our hearts to God’s Love.  I hope we can all take the time to ponder the good news that God is with us.  May you all believe that you are loved and surrounded by grace!


Brian Ward