December 2018
Reflections of God's Goodness

No one likes to wait!  Yet, we are all waiting for something.  

I think waiting is harder today because we live in a world of instant everything! Text messaging connecting us in seconds. delivering everything imaginable overnight. The pace is so fast that we can’t even define the ‘what’ we are waiting for.

The season of Advent challenges us to remember how our Jewish ancestors lived in a world that was waiting for Christ.  Imagine waiting thousands of years—the waiting passed from generation to generation. That was the experience of God’s people.  

Everyone knew God promised to send a Messiah—they looked for a warrior king to free them. They longed for a Savior. They looked for Him, hoped for Him and then they missed Him!  Jesus wasn’t what they imagined or expected.  

What are you waiting for?  What are you expecting Jesus to be for you this Christmas?  

“So now Lord, what should I wait for? My hope is set on you.”  

Advent invites us to participate in the waiting of the patriarchs, prophets and kings of Scripture. It reminds us that this is God’s story—His promise.

Advent calls us to value the “present” as a gift.  “Now” is what we have. Pay attention. Slow down. Learn from Mary, who waited prayerfully and patiently.  Jesus is coming, and He is the answer to everything in which we hope.

Advent is meant to be a time of silence and listening. A time of becoming more aware of the present, in order to welcome the “presence.”

To actually find quiet, at least for a few minutes each day to be alone with God, to yearn for His gift, to wait on the Lord, is no easy task in our culture when December is filled with shopping, cooking, partying, and non-stop noise.

This Advent, I invite you to try to find three minutes each day to experience the peace and hope of Advent. Find a quiet place to sit still and pray that Christ will come to you, and that He will heal  hurting, empty hearts everywhere.

May our Advent listening lead us all to a deeper awareness of His presence among us this holy season.

Merry Christmas,


Sister Mary Ann Barnhorn, SNDdeN

“I am the light of the world: those who follow me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

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