The DDF community has offered so much wisdom and hope in comments during Advent. I’m sharing just a few of them here, to give us a faith-filled perspective going into the New Year.
- The promise made so long ago to the apostles fills me with hope and comfort. I am never alone, in spite of the challenges that life throws at me. In the good times and the tough times, Jesus is with me. That promise is one I can always count on!
- In my middle years, I have come to see God’s Hand in every event in my life…my perceived “good” and “bad” times. — Maureen
- My prayer is that I will love God a little more every day, clearing out my heart to give more space to God in it. —Claire
- When God’s Presence became real in my life it set me free to see God in others and forgive them. —Corina Sanchez
- The great hope is the promise of our Father that, through Jesus our king, ALL things will be united and presented to the Father as whole and beautiful…the way creation was originally made. (Ephesians 1:10). Therefore, we live in a broken world, daily striving to show the face of Jesus to those who live in darkness, and attempting to present to them the difference the love of God has made within our lives, and give them a much better way. So, the waiting for me is in the words, Come Lord Jesus, Come. —Barbara Wilson
- If indeed women are more used to waiting, then maybe some of this brokenness would be healed if women’s wisdom were held in higher esteem. —E.A.
- Hope and repentance go hand in hand; we repent in the hopes that we will be forgiven and that we will change. —Annette
- I love the quote from David Steindl-Rast about hope. I’m paraphrasing, but it goes something like, “True Hope happens when all false hope is gone.” Another good one is “Hope is being open to surprise.” I feel like a lot of people think hope is pretending or pasting a smiley face over your pain or creating an image in your mind of the perfect outcome, but I don’t think hope is any of those things. I think true hope is trusting God no matter what happens. —Stephen
- Maybe hope is something that we have to exercise, like a muscle, and in exercising, it becomes stronger. —Ana H.
- So, in every phase of our lives, particularly the later part of the second half of life, we can either choose to be filled with regret and unhappiness at our limitations, or we can choose to give our life away in its diminishment, and be that person from whom others learn the way of love and peace. This may be the last great gift we can bequeath our family. Then they can proclaim at our passing that this person’s life really mattered and they made a difference in the world up until their final breath. This is what Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI calls, “giving your death away so that it can be a blessing to others.” —Vicki
- The parable of the sower brought this to mind. If we truly believed in community, each person would have something to plant. . . . We all have a mission; some don’t even know it. —Corina Sanchez
Blessings to all—until our next posts in just a few days!