From: Mary Zimmerman
Soon and very soon we’re going to see the king (as the song goes) our little prince of peace.
We all must remember in this holy season of Advent not to get all caught up in the hustle, bustle of the world. Take time to prepare your hearts and minds for the celebration of baby Jesus’ birthday. How sad for some that Christmas may just mean good food, parties and Santa Claus, with a bag full of gifts. Remember boys and girls, it’s Jesus’ birthday, not yours. However, our grandson Eli is privileged to celebrate his birthday on that day; Eli will be five years old — my, time flies.
Remember, parents, as your child’s first teacher you are responsible to tell your children what Christmas is all about. I recently ran across a small article I want to share.
If God gave you custody of your children on the condition that you would bring them up with the Lord and bring them to church and Bible school. Would you retain custody of your own children? “Bring them up the nurture and admonition of the Lord,” Ephesians 6:4.
Our minds need to stay focused on God to ward away depressive thoughts. Remember our hearts are restless until they rest in God. Take time to step aside from the loudness and busyness of this world, to hear the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirt calling you. To hear the cry of the poor, step aside from all the anger, wars and killings, that just don’t seem to stop.
Let the love and peace of the coming Messiah fill your hearts and minds with the joy and expectation of a different peace, it’s called heaven. You just must strive for that heavenly peace that the world seems in short supply of. Remember, crib and cross are closely connected. In fact, on the last supper Jesus had this to say, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid,” John 14.27. Jesus also told the Apostles “I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”
I suggest asking Jesus’ mother Mary to help you to be a loving, giving and forgiving person that will lead you to peace.
Holy Mary mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen. That is just part of the Hail Mary prayer which St. Thomas Aquinas preached for 40 days straight.
So don’t worry about where you are, on the spiritual journey, Jesus’ eyes are always on you, his presence is always with you. His grace never stops surrounding you; just try your best to listen for his voice, he will give you peace and lead you home.
Peace be with you all.
P.S. I thank every one for their prayers for us, I dare ask you to continue, Jim has had some recent health issues.
P.S.S. I’m so sorry I forgot to mention in my last article our gratitude for our 12 grandchildren and on December 9, we now have 15 great-grandchildren. Joseph Shane Boyer was welcomed into the world by his parents Justin and Melissa, grandma Diane, Uncle Matt and many others.