Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent
1 Samuel 1:24-28
I am sitting in my living room looking at our Christmas tree. It is our 35th Christmas and I love to look at each ornament as I hang it on the tree. They bring back so many fond memories. My favorite ones are the ones with pictures of the kids at different ages, and ones of our family who are already in heaven. Our tree is a mini-history of our lives so far and it helps me to treasure all of my blessings.
Advent and Christmas is a good time to look back over the year and see how we are doing with our lives and especially with our gifts of family and friends and faith. It’s good to reflect on our blessings and thank God, but also let our loved ones know how precious they are to us.
My daughter-in-law was in an accident last week with two of her children. When I heard about it, all I could do was thank God over and over that no one was seriously hurt and that we still have them with us!!! It’s so easy to take the people we love for granted. And sadly, many people even let small problems grow to large problems until they aren’t even speaking to someone they love.
Let’s all take time this week to look at our lives, to thank God for our blessings and to be sure that we mend any broken fences so that we don’t waste another day estranged from someone we love. They may be gone tomorrow. Don’t let anything stand in the way of making amends and of making your relationships the best they can be. Make time to see your grandchildren. Take time to call your sister. Make time to write a nice long letter to your Mom. And take some quiet time to sit with the Lord and invite him once again into your heart of hearts. Have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!
Janice Carleton and her husband Jim live in Portland, OR and partner with Passionist Fr. Cedric Pisegna in Fr. Cedric Ministries. Janice also leads women’s retreats. She is the mother of 4 grown children and grandmother of 4. Visit Janice’s website at http://www.jcarleton.com/ or email her at [email protected]/org