Watching & Listening in Advent
Watch and listen; look for surprises. Invitations await you offering something wonderful, unique, and challenging. Love is buried deep inside us; but if left unattended, it can lose its ability to direct our lives. The goodness is inside of us, resisting the challenge by disinterest.
Disinterest destroys our ability to reach out to others and embrace them as equals, as fellow travelers, who face the same trials and indecisions as we do. This causes undo stress in our lives, and in many instances, can turn us into negative, troublesome people, comfortable with spreading discontent.
To defeat this, we must let our gentleness and Love be evident to all. We must put aside all anxieties with prayer and thanksgiving. . . in all situations. We can let our goodness thrive if we listen to that inner voice of God, and thus, allow God to open our hearts and minds to His goodness.
We feel the darkness encroaching all around us; the need for light is prominent. By continuously watching and listening for this light, we surely will fend off hopelessness. If not, we experience despair, unease, unhappiness. And, we project this to all, affecting their opportunities to watch, to listen.
As we watch and listen during this season of Advent, we anticipate the joy of Christmas, the joy of meeting God again for the first time, face to face as one meets a lost friend.
I love watching the decorations go on all of the houses in my neighborhood. My neighbors really have a variety of ways to celebrate the season. One of my neighbors always construct the nativity in their front yard. The simple light, showing a simple serene setting speaks to me in a renewed way. Although I do not even own a nativity scene, and probably never will, I can sit, watch and listen for meeting Jesus again . . . for the first time.