Revealer of God, Come
Reflection by Alexandra C.
We often find ourselves impatient and worried about the world around us. We often drive ourselves crazy with materialistic things and forget about Christ and his love for us. Today’s reflection not only pertains to waiting for the birth of Christ but also reflecting on how He has given you the strength to endure and live the life that you are currently living. If you are reading this you are alive, well, and healthy; what greater blessing that that? In this waiting we must sit and ask ourselves, “When I pray, do I pray because I need Christ or because I need something of Him?” Christ says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) He offers Himself to us when we are burdened, but also when we are blessed and joyful. In the good times we mustn’t forget that we are there Because God invited us to those moments.
In this advent period think about the blessings you have and the love that God shares with us through Jesus. It is often hard to accept God’s love because we sin on a daily basis and we don’t feel worthy of Him or His love. This leads to neglecting Him when in reality, you are already forgiven. We often forget that He gave His one and only Son to pay for our sins. This does not mean that it is okay to sin; it means that we are already forgiven. We must know that God knows that we as humans will choose to sin, we will make mistakes, we will do all sorts of things that may hurt him… and yet, you’re still worthy of Him. When we sin we distance ourselves from God when we should be burrowing ourselves in His love rather than the shame of the world. In a book by Sheri Rose, I once read, “Leave your past where it belongs… nailed on the cross.” The love of God is so immense and fulfilling that it seems to almost be too good to be true, so we run away from it. In this time of advent, let’s run to it. Let’s run to God when we sin, fear, and even rejoice – because He loves us above it all and through it all no matter what. Don’t waste your time feeling shame and anger at something you have done, find comfort in knowing that God already knew you would sin, and He already forgave you.
May this time of advent fill your heart with joy, love and inner peace. May you find the love that cannot be found in any earthly human, and if you have found it, may you share it with the people that surround you. May you reflect through prayer and reformation of the heart and wait quietly for our Savior.
“Let’s approach Christmas with an expectant hush, rather than a last-minute rush.”
Alexandra C. a Junior Exercise and Sports Science major with a concentration in Physical Therapy. She is a member of Alpha Phi, Best Buddies, and FAM.