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

Author Unknown

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Chapter 12, Page 15, Book 15

Try and trust will move mountains.


December 15th - from the mountain heights

During Advent we are invited to go deeper into the place where we come to know that only God can give us joy beyond all understanding. To climb to those heights, we have to pay attention to where we are going, as well as to where we do not want to go.

Advent has always been an intentional time of preparation, of expectantly waiting for the experience of Christmas, but I think the pressures of consumerism and our culture have largely disposed of Advent, sent it to the trash heap of items no longer wanted. Advent has largely been replaced with those things that instantly gratify.  Delayed gratification is a good thing, we know it in our bones, even when we have that yearning to take a short cut.

For every mountain there is a miracle. 

Robert H. Schuller

Advent is to climb the mountain of the Lord. If we look for a mountain of things to satisfy our restless hearts, we experience unhappiness.  We may believe the top of the mountain is in materialism or consumerism, but the joy we seek is not obtained through things. It cannot be. True joy comes from the experience of love we share with one another.

One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time. 

John Wanamaker

This journey up the mountain is not a solitary climb by individual persons alone; it’s all of us together. At times, each of us will need to be carried by someone else, and we also will each have opportunities to carry another.  We often forget that in order to have the mountaintop experience, you have to climb the mountain. 

Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere;
go tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born

 by John Wesley Work, Jr.


betty said...

It is so true that we look for instant gratification instead of patient expectations. Maybe that is why God doesn't answer all of our prayers immediately but allows us the opportunity to wait. Advent indeed can be that waiting opportunity if we allow ourselves to take advantage of it.


peggy said...

I love that song about the mountain. I will be singing it in my head today, my church doesn't do the advent candles and I miss seeing that as the families light each candle and finally the Christ candle. I hope most are still doing that. Thanks for all your work in posting.

Buttercup said...

Learning to delay gratification makes every achievement possible. The fun, easy, quick things ultimately don't give any real reward. It's taken me most of a lifetime to really learn that lesson, but I'm glad I did. Wishing you a fabulous Friday!