Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

December 21, 2011

Elizabeth Samson

Junior, Justice and Society Major

Sg 2:8-14
Zep 3:14-18a
Ps 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21
Lk 1:39-45

“Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to him a new song.”

I had a hard time choosing a passage to focus on because there are a number of great passages today that really resonated with me. But the responsorial psalm won me over.

All of the readings today remind us to be joyful. When was the last time you praised and thanked God in joy? I think we often find ourselves telling God our problems and asking him for things. There is nothing wrong with that. But I do think that exulting, being extremely joyful, to God is equally, if not more, important than asking God to help us with this or that. So, let’s try something new, let’s “Sing to him a new song”.

Let's sit back, take a deep breath in and exhale out. Now think of someone you are blessed to have in your life. A friend, a significant other, a family member - someone who has made you smile, someone who has been there through the thick and thin. Think of the joy you feel when around him or her. Let us thank God in joy for having put these special people in our lives.

Let us take another deep breath in and exhale out. Now we'll focus on our breathing. Feel your lungs expand and contract. Feel the oxygen run through your veins to the tips of your fingers and toes. Right now, you are alive, fully and truly. We have each been given these beautiful lives to live. Let us thank God for the joy of this life, for it has allowed us to do so many things.

Let us remember this Advent season that God has given us so many blessings and that we should sing out joyfully to him. As John the Baptist leapt in his mother’s womb at the mere presence of Jesus, let us leap for joy for the life we are given and the people God has blessed us with.

Let us each challenge ourselves to somehow get in contact with that person we thought of earlier. Let's pick up the phone, walk to the next room, and find that person and tell him or her how much they mean to us. May each of us celebrate our lives and the lives of those we love.

Merry, almost-Christmas.

Peace and Blessings.

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