December 17

December 17

You are invited into a time of spiritual reflection and prayer in this Advent season—a season of waiting and listening, a season of expectation and hope.

O Lord, let me not conform to the ways of this world, but transform me by your Holy Spirit; renew me mind and heart that I may discern and do Your Will—what is good and acceptable and perfect. AMEN.


December 17. Crazy love.


“For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37
“I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever.” Psalm 89:1
“Do not be afraid.” Luke 1:30

REFLECTION from Marie Wonders

Love will make you do crazy things. This Christmas, love made Paul and I get our children cats. Kitten adoption, that is what love can do. We were the family who promised never to have pets. I was worried about keeping children alive, pets seemed to be for over-achievers. That is what life feels like when you are parenting toddlers, you just work flat-out for everyone to still be alive at the end of the day. Now our kids are moving out of the toddler stage and from the relative safety of being able to sit for ten minutes straight and string together two thoughts we thought to ourselves, “Cats!”. Paul and I aren’t cat people per se, but we love our kids, and our kids love cats.

When Mary or the Shepherds met angels, the angels always told them not to be afraid. Maybe it was because the sight of an angel was so shocking. Maybe it was because the angels told them impossible things that would transform life as they knew it. It is scary to believe something that seems impossible. To hope, but to fear disappointment. We don’t get to know why the shepherds chose to set aside fear and believe, but we do get to hear Mary’s internal thoughts. She is told a crazy, impossible thing and love wells up in her mind and heart for God. So Mary does an impossible, crazy thing. She says, “yes” to God. “Let it be to me as you have said.” Love can make you do crazy things. Love can make you become a cat person. Love can make you surprise yourself in your willingness to transform. How have you transformed to love what another loves- just because you love them? How can you see God leading you toward his generous, loving heart in that experience?

PRAYER.  Love came down at Christmas,
                  Love all lovely, Love Divine;
                  Love was born at Christmas,
                  Star and Angels gave the sign.
                           (Christina Rossetti)


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