Preparing for Christmas with the DHS

AdventTis that time of year when everyone’s attention turns to Christmas for many and sundried reasons. We believe Christmas is so important for all of us that it warrants some special preparation in which we can all participate. Thus we invite you to spend a little time with us each week during this season reflecting on Christmas in our lives and hearts. Each week we will offer a Gospel reflection for your pondering and contemplation in the hopes that by Christmas Day we will be “of one mind and one heart” in welcoming anew the living Christ, the Lord Jesus, into our daily world so that with Him we also may continue to grow in the love of God and in wisdom and compassion that we may be ready to gift others with this same blessing. So together we pray and reflect:

Prepare the way of the Lord.”    (Luke 3:4)
Advent is a season of waiting. At the time of Jesus, the known, civilized world was in darkness, the Jewish nation under Roman domination. For centuries the Jews had been waiting for the Messiah who had been promised repeatedly by Yahweh through the prophets. Today, we also experience darkness with terrorist threats and violence. People throughout the world live in fear. Yet the comforting words of Isaiah still hold true today.

I am the LORD, your GOD,
who grasp your right hand;
It is I who say to you,
‘Fear not, I will help you’.”   
(Isaiah  41: 13)

Advent candlesAs you journey through Advent take time to get to know God on a deep and personal level. Try to imagine yourself as you go about your life with your hand securely held by God. The loving Lord has extended his hand toward you and holds your hand tightly. Feel the relationship, the companionship, and think that for everything you do, even the most insignificant, God is guiding, leading, helping you.  This comforting, loving, protective guidance leads to a heart opening  in new ways, right up to the arrival of the LIGHT, of EMMANUEL -



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