Rediscovering Advent: Walking The Path Of Christ

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As a general rule, we are not perfect.  I see that in myself, in the people around me, pretty much constantly.  I guess it's one of the things I struggle with.  I see people's faults first.  It frustrates my husband when I talk about it, when I analyze those I love by first mentioning their not so flattering qualities.  I can't help it.  Maybe it means I'm impossibly jaded that I see the bad in people long before I see the good.  But I do see the good, and I love them, not in spite of the bad, but because of the bad.  It's what makes us human.  And it's okay.

Many peoples shall come and say,
"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob;
that He may teach us His ways
and that we may walk in His paths.
For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

Oh house of Jacob,
come, let us walk
in the light of the Lord!
Isaiah 2:3,5

Today's reflection calls us to reflect on our shortcomings, specifically the ones preventing it from walking in the way of Christ.  Whoa.  As mentioned above, I think my initially negative response to people and situations is a shortcoming of mine.  I envision the worst at all times, and secretly hope for the best.  This isn't really a healthy outlook on life.  I shouldn't live a life where I expect those around me to fail and allow myself to be pleasantly surprised when they succeed.  It's something I really need to work on.  If God can love me unconditionally then I need to lean to love those around me the same way:  with nothing held back, with no expectations of failure.  Just love.  If I can learn to do that and live and love in the simplicity of Christ.

Dear Jesus,
I open my heart to you.  I open my mind.  During this advent season, prepare me to walk in Your ways oh Lord.  It is your path I choose.  Help me to walk it in the fullness of your grace.
I love you.

For those of you who prayed for my grandmother, thank you.  She is doing so much better today.  Her sense of humor is back, and the physical therapist and occupational therapist are very happy about her recovery.  God is good!

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