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Today is the first Sunday of the Advent season. This means that at the beginning of mass a family will process up the center of the church to light a candle on the advent wreath. I remember, years ago when our family was chosen. It was a long time ago, probably ten years or so, since that happened. I remember being excited, and nervous, and feeling blessed to have that honor bestowed upon me, upon us. Now, it is my turn to light the candle in my home, and in my heart.
"I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind-just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you- so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ."
1 Corinthians 1:4-8
God wants us to be happy. He put within us the righteous desire to seek that happiness. We, however, do not always seek what truly makes us happy. We live in a world of instant gratification. You can get instant meals in a drive-thru in a matter of minutes. You can order anything with the touch of a button and have it shipped directly to your house within days. You can get married and divorced in almost the same breath. Self gratification is key, while self-donation is becoming more and more scarce. Why? We're all looking for happiness. We may experience fleeting moments of it in our misguided searches- but it's not real. It's not lasting. True happiness is only found in one place:
This is something I struggle with. I look for my happiness from people. And while people do indeed contain Christ, and it can be good, it often leads to disappointment and heartache. No one is perfect. People say things and do things and fail us constantly. It's not necessarily their faults, it's in our nature. We are imperfect beings. I know it's up to me to change how I seek my happiness and focus more fully on Christ.
Why else would God have sent His only begotten Son to be born and die upon a cross? Why else would God sacrifice everything? He opened the gates of heaven because He wanted us to be with him. That is where true happiness lies. That is what we need to live for, finding that kind of happiness.
It's a challenge for me, especially during hard times. I need to learn to trust in God, in His will. He has a plan, He always has a plan. He will write straight with all our crooked lines and make the best out of any bad situation. I have to trust in Him, especially now. My grandmother has a stroke yesterday. She's an amazing woman and example. She's the heart of our family. I'm scared, but I know that God has plan. I just need to trust in His will, and know regardless, He has our happiness in mind.
Please prayer for her, and for my family, and for me.
God Bless you.