Second Week of Advent

Although our readings were written thousands of years ago, they are still relevant in our world today. This week we had more tragedy occur to the already trying times we face. Yet, our readings speak to us of joyful anticipation and urge us to “take off your robe of mourning and misery.” So, how can we change our approach to life and tragedy as the readings suggest? What do we need to shift so we can see the glory and splendor alive around us, in our world, in our communities, in our families, in us? It can be hard, as it is easy to see challenge and struggle. For me, I focus on the uphill battles I am engaged in, no matter where I turn. This is easy to do and subsequently not helpful. This Advent I am challenging myself to shift, as our readings suggest, and focus on the little blessings. In doing this there are so many things to be thankful for and allowing myself to see His presence and trust in God’s will. It sure sings a different tune and allows Him into my heart more! This Advent, this week, how can you look at your path to ensure it is taking you closer to God and opening a way for others to Him? What valleys or curves need to be straightened/adjusted so that you too can prepare the way of the Lord?