Wake Up, and Wait!

Advent…. The messages of Advent can seem a bit contradictory. We are asked to wake up, and wait! And yet, this is perhaps a message that our world needs now more than ever. We need to be awake and aware…

…of all the wonderfully good things that are happening all around us

  • acts of kindness and generosity
  • the love and support of family and friends
  • the beauty of creation
  • and so much more…

…and of all the awful and difficult things in our lives and in our world

  • acts of brutality and greed
  • divisions and strive among people and nations
  • the threat of global climate change
  • and so much more…

Once we are awake, how could it ever be a good thing to wait? And yet, it is true that knee-jerk reactions are not helpful. Decisions on how to move forward are best made with clear heads and peaceful hearts. Discernment rather than jumping to conclusions will lead us to the world of which we dream, especially at Christmas time – a world of peace and love and joy.

Indeed, may your Advent be a time of waking up and waiting! Together may we see the world with newly awakened eyes and together may we begin the slow and steady work of renewing the face of the earth.


Christine Gebel, OLM

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