Happy Holidays, everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful Advent season and a great winter! Please be patient with me since this is my first reflection, hopefully you all will enjoy it.
In this holiday season, we are all probably feeling a little more joyful, with having days off from work and school, seeing family for the holidays, and enjoying all of the delicious food that goes along with Christmas. However, I know that personally, I should take time everyday to praise God for something He has given me and be joyful about it. The Lord finds joy in each and every one of us every day, so I’m sure that we could all take a moment a day to express our joy for Him. As one of today’s readings proclaims, “The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst, you have no further misfortune to fear.” If we have nothing further to fear, then we should have all the time in the world to spend praising God. However, I know that as humans, we are very prone to succumbing to everyday stress and anxiety. Did I do okay on that last test? Does my hair look good today? How am I going to pay all of my bills? These everyday things stress us out so much that we don’t feel like we have a single moment to ourselves, never mind time to spend with God every day. I think that as we enter into a new year, I am going to try to spend one minute every day being joyful for everything I have been blessed with. I know that this will help my relationship with God, and I hope we all consider today’s readings as we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth.