December 2

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-9

“Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.” vs. 8

Not everyone gets excited about Advent, especially not since it’s been swallowed up by the cultural expansion of Christmas. There may be occasional references to Advent calendars or Advent wreaths, but most folks put their energy into decorating, entertaining, and buying. And that’s true even for those who have no faith in any God! But some do like to take time before Christmas for reflection and consideration of spiritual matters. They enjoy quiet Advent moments set aside for prayer and meditation, for simply listening for God’s voice in the middle of chaos, apprehension, and fear. Such believers have learned to turn again and again to their Lord in their hearts, and God never lets them down. From the beginning of time the faithful have heard words of forgiveness in those moments, words of peace that have a calming effect on their spirits. Even though we can’t prove God to the skeptics and the preoccupied, those who trust in God’s presence feel inside the calming serenity that is God’s intention for all people. It’s a kind of peace that oozes out into our daily living and our encounters with others, and it’s especially welcome during this frenzied time of the year. We can even say that it’s our God’s special Advent gift!

Thought for the Day: When am I most likely to feel peace of mind?

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