Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

December 1, 2010
by

Rachel Fisher

Freshman, Pre-Pharmacy

Is 25: 6-10a
Ps 23: 1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
Mt 15: 29-37

I love this time of year…everyone is preparing to celebrate Christmas with family and friends. I especially love being able to celebrate all of our traditions with my family this time of year, as we set up our Christmas tree, decorate our house, bake cookies, and visit all of our relatives. I always feel as though everyone is so much more joyous during this Advent season.

For some, however, I feel as though they seem to dread the coming of the season. Some stress over hosting relatives, baking, and buying presents. Students get stressed with looming final exams. Some even look forward to seeing the end of the season in order to settle back into normal life.

I really enjoy the quote from Isaiah, “On this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, the web that is woven over all nations.” For me, this means that we need to prepare ourselves for the coming of our Savior by clearing our minds of all of our stresses; we must remove any obstacles blocking our relationship with God in order to truly appreciate God’s gift for us. We need to open up to both God and ourselves during this time so we can be ready for the coming of Christ.

God will take care of us, regardless of our stresses during this and all seasons of the year. God gives us whatever we need and as a result, from the Psalm today, “I shall not want.” If we try to focus on what is truly important during this season especially—the coming of Jesus—then we shouldn’t have to worry about getting the best presents, hosting the best family gathering, or whatever it may be.

The season of Advent is a time of preparation and waiting so that we can be ready for when Christmas arrives. It should be a time of joyous anticipation. Although it may be a stressful time for many, if we just take the time to give thanks to God, we can more fully appreciate His ultimate gift for us: Jesus.

 


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