Advent - waiting in joyful hope 

 

The four weeks of preparation before Christmas can be a frenzied time of parties and shopping or we can use it to center our hearts on God’s presence in the world. Busy lives can make us drift from him but this season is our chance to reconnect in a loving way.

Clear the air. Sometimes we can’t sense God’s presence because unconfessed comes between us. He is still there but our sensitivity to his presence is affected. If you haven’t talked to him in a while or you avoid him because you have done wrong, go to Confession and clear the air between you. Start the season with a clean slate.

Replay your conversations. Scripture is God speaking to us. Start your day by reading a selection out loud so you can hear his “voice.” Replay it in your head during the day as you would any favorite conversation with a loved one.

 From his dwelling place he surveys all who dwell on earth” (Psalm 33:14).

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