December 2021
Reflections of God's Goodness

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel.

When we hear these words, we know that Christmas is just four weeks away. Advent is about God’s big picture plans for us. It directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time, and to the celebration of Jesus’ birth at Christmas.

These weeks are for seeking and preparing inside and out for God’s coming! A star led the way long ago - look for the star in your life —the sign of God coming to earth. Open your heart and mind to the marvelous works of God.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the firmament proclaims the works of his hands. Day unto day pours forth speech; night unto night whispers knowledge. There is no speech, no words; their voice is not heard . . .”

Jesus is coming—the greatest event in the world’s history, in our personal history and in our family’s history. Every year we want to enter into the holy waiting, the anticipation and hope Christ brings.

Prepare ye the way of the Lord, prepare ye the way of the Lord!

Listen to the voices of the prophets in the Advent readings and listen for the prophets of today. How can you become part of the big picture plan for God’s love in the world? Look for opportunities in the faces of people around you. Give encouragement to others, smiles of a genuine acceptance of people you meet.

Commit your time to the Lord. Even 10 minutes a day can center you. Make Advent visible in your home to remind you that Jesus is coming. Make a list of the people you want to see and be determined about making it happen. Don’t forget the people shut-in you know or family and friends in a nursing home. Consider writing a note to people who have helped you on your journey with the Lord. Find ways to give to people in need.

Take your to-do list to prayer amid the busyness and challenges of your days. Pray about the gifts you need to buy and the food you plan to cook. God’s grace extends to all areas of our lives—offer it all to God.

“The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior, Who will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, Who will sing joyfully because of you . . .”

May your Advent ponderings lead you to boundless joy this Christmas.

Blessings and Peace,



Sister Mary Ann Barnhorn, SNDdeN

“The angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.’”

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