As I get older, time goes by faster. I was warned of this as a child, and
somehow did not give the idea total credibility then. Now I do!
For an example, Advent is now half gone with this coming Sunday being the
third Sunday of Advent. Where did the first two weeks go? Frankly, I donít want to think too much about it, lest I be forced to face myself as I am -- a human being who has the best of intentions, but fails to live up to them all too often.
Jesus once said: ďAfter you have done all of the things you should do,
consider yourselves unprofitable servants.Ē As a young person I never quite understood that. It seemed to me that if I should complete all my duties, I should or could be pretty proud of myself. However, now that I am
older, I understand what Jesus meant. And I understand that I should be pretty grateful that God has
enabled me to even get the morning dishes washed. ďOf myself I can do nothing, but with Him I can do all
things.Ē This was St. Francis Cabriniís motto, which was always before her consciousness.
With two weeks gone in this Advent Season, I should be two weeks better
prepared for Christmas. After all, the four weeks prior to Christmas should be the time we
spiritually prepare for Our Lordís Birthday. Oh, believe you me! Iím not caught up in the bustleness of
Christmas shopping. No, sirreee!!! I havenít even bought one present for anyone yet. Donít know that
I will! Donít know that I can. I take care of my elderly mother and find it very difficult to get away
without having someone stay with her.
Iím sure my family understands this and hopefully they will accept as a
ďChristmas presentĒ to them that I am taking care of OUR mother.
Whatever!!! As I have often written: ďThere is less shame in falling than
in failing to rise.Ē Most of all, you and I should be praying more. Thatís the best kind of
preparation for the birthday of Jesus. That is something we all can do better and more often. We
can pray even on the run, so to speak. How about praying while youíre on your way to buy a Furby?
Thatís you, of course, not me. Iím not going to buy one.
We can pray while cleaning house, doing dishes, driving to work. Even the
thought of offering a prayer, came from God, you know. We are not capable of doing even that, with
ourselves as a source of that good.
We need to pray for ourselves, our families, our President. (Believe me, the
country will not fall apart if he is impeached. And the economy???? Our economy does not depend on
Letís give Baby Jesus a present for Christmas. Letís give Him our hearts, poor as they are, weak
as they are. Heíll love that! Thereís something about our inadequacies that attracts Him to us.
Letís keep trying! God bless you!