But, like most people, I'm not complaining. It seems the decades of snowfalls (and being able to make snow angels on the lawns of family and friends) are fading. Global warming? Most likely.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of the season, we can easily forget (or misplace) the "reason for the season." For Christians it is the time of anticipation, waiting to hear again the story of the birth of Christ. And while the story never changes ("his" story), each year we are in a different place. Loved ones may have passed on into heaven (Christmas in HEAVEN?? How glorious…..I know, I know every moment in HEAVEN must be glorious….and there are no seasons in HEAVEN; but, hey, I'm speaking from a human perspective since I've never been there. I'm sure I've just rocked the writers and English majors out there with my long rambling thoughts….but, hey, it IS my blog).
Now where was I? Ah, yes, changes. How do we respond to the sacredness of this season? How do we set aside all the external demands and interruptions? How are we preparing our hearts for this birth of all births? Listen to that still small voice within.
As we enter into Gaudete Sunday, I pray that we will all find the true reason for the joy that awaits us. I wish you Peace….