Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

December 22, 2011

Julie Thomson

Senior, Marketing, Finance and Bioscience Entrepreneurship Majors

1 Sm 1:24-28
1 Sm 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd
Lk 1:46-56

"I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD. I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request. Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD; as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD." -1 Samuel 1:26-28

What are the prayers that have been granted in our lives? What gifts have we been given? Are we using those gifts to praise and serve the Lord?

As we quickly approach Christmas Eve, it is often easy to find reasons to rejoice with the friends and family surrounding us, and give gifts to those we love. These readings remind us of a great gift we may give today and everyday: our constant exultation in and with the Lord.

Many know that God is everywhere in our lives answering our prayers and granting us gifts that we need to serve him. This is no secret, but I want to stop and emphasize the importance of truly understanding this often overlooked knowledge. Today, I wish to celebrate and exult in the greatness of the Lord with you, and the gifts that have been given to us. Just as this woman dedicates the gift of a child back to the Lord, we must do the same with our gifts today and everyday.

He is consistently in our highs of the Holiday season and lows of the poor parts in our lives, but we must exult our hearts to him wherever that is, and he will meet us there.

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