This year I have been so blessed to be able to celebrate this great time with others.
I am so thankful to work with and be associated with so many people who know what Advent is all about. Today, Sunday, the morning temperatures were -10 degrees Fahrenheit. That is the actual temperature.
Many churches closed under the pressure of today’s media. My church, as a part of the Omaha Archdiocese, did not close. Our church understands the value of what Sunday morning is all about. God is more powerful than any politically correct regulation.
This week we celebrate the coming of Jesus as part of the fourth week of Advent. Many people are focused on gifts for Christmas. Today, my focus will be on the anticipation of Christ coming. The Christmas dialogue reminds us how Mary accepted the responsibility for carrying God’s son. Also, Joseph took on the responsibility to support Mary and look out for her interest tests. At first, Joseph wanted to divorce Mary quietly to protect her, but going forward, Joseph accepted the responsibility for Mary’s pregnancy and understood God’s plan for our ultimate salvation.
I love the message of Christmas. God loved us so much that he became one of us and took it upon himself to become part of our humanity and take on our sinfulness so that we might have the chance to have eternal life.
God’s love is unfathomable. We should recognize this, respect this and rejoice that we have a Merciful God.
Please take time this season and remember that Christmas is a huge event in our ultimate salvation. God loves us so much that he sent his only Son into the world. (John 3: 16). I am so thankful that God’s plan is so much bigger than our own and that HE uses our own people to fulfill his plan.
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full. Catholic Bible
Jesus came to give all of us life. We need to start using the power that Jesus has given us and remember that he lives inside of us. I am God’s Temple. I need to stop thinking about myself and think more about God’s Temple inside of them.
I am stuck in one of those cycles. Too many thoughts.
Thoughts about family
Thoughts about work
Thoughts about church
Thoughts about the future
Thoughts about the past
Thoughts about the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas Seasons.
When I get into these types of patterns where I am constantly thinking about something I need to take action on; it is at that moment I begin to lose steam and get tired. It finally hits me that I have so many things to be thankful for and I need to turn matters over to God in prayer. I need to stop thinking and start praying.
As you enter the holiday seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas, take time to stop thinking and pray more. Seek God’s direction and the thoughts of this world will turn in to actions and He will lead you through your thoughts to make the best decisions. You are not alone! You have a loving, caring God.