Thursday, December 17, 2015

Struggle and Joy: two sides of the same coin

Christmas time is supposed to be joyous, fun, full of celebration and warm fuzzy feelings. But those expectations are rarely fulfilled throughout the season. There are times of struggle that don't seem to fit, and yet maybe they do......

Struggling and rejoicing are two concurrent movements, one fluid with the other. Struggle can deepen joy. The secret of joy is a matter of focus: focus on the Father, not on your fears. All fear is but the notion that God’s love ends. Behold Him and be held. Instead of explaining our struggling, Jesus shares in it, because He knows mere answers are cold, His arms are warm. He is the epitome of empathy. 

Thank You God for the grace to rejoice amidst the broken places.

Ann Voskamp The Greatest Gift

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Waiting in Advent

Waiting takes time. We wait for the sunrise very morning. We wait a whole year for Christmas to arrive. Some things happen only once in a lifetime that we wait for. God knows the perfect timing of our waiting and in the waiting He works on us so nothing of time is wasted. Advent weans coming, birthing, expectancy; We wait long for Your return just as Mary and all of Israel waited for Your first coming. May I be faithful to You in the waiting. believing in Your promises to me.

the bearing of pain without complaint or irritation, loss of temper
the willingness to suppress restlessness when confronted with delay
quiet steady perseverance, even tempered care; diligence
Synonyms: submissiveness, persistent courage in trying circumstances; to bear affliction or hardship; fortitude: patience and strength of character in the midst of hardship, pain or adversity; hear, humility, self-control, restraint, serenity.

Persistent, Steady
Bearing, Persevering, Enduring
Willingness to Courageously Submit