It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Second Sunday of Advent


“‘Hope' is the thing with feathers—That perches in the soul—And sings the tune without the words —And never stops—at all—.” Emily Dickinson

Hope is not blind optimism, nor arrogant certainty, nor wishful thinking. Hope, the theme of today’s Gospel, is the knowledge that God would not desert us, that we will endure difficult times to see a better day.

We light a candle today, a small dim light against a world that often seems forbidding and dark. But we light it because we are a people of hope, a people whose faith is marked by an expectation that we should always be ready for the coming of the Master.

Set aside an annual night to relish simple, old-fashioned joys. Pop some corn and snuggle with a book of sentimental short stories of Christmases past. If you have kids, plan a night of games and pizzas. Saunter through the snow-covered woods, leaving a trail of snow angels behind. Or, if you live in a warmer climate, grab a blanket, head outside, and search for the star in the East. Whatever you do, take reprieve from worries and reflect on Christ's humble birth.

The Magi have already seen the ‘star’ and have started their journey. Are you ready to start the journey of Advent? Will you be able to take time each day, even if for only 5 or 10 minutes and spend time with Jesus in prayer and remember the Reason for the Season - it is not buying gifts.

‘On Ya’ - ma

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