First Monday of Advent

Readings 
first monday of advent

Isaiah 2:1-5
Matthew 8:5-11

Faith often requires us to acknowledge the true power of God and admit that we are not the center of the universe. When we are not mindful of these realities, we easily succumb to the temptation to focus on our will and not the will of God. Many wonderful things can come to pass in our lives if only we can allow God in to heal, love, and lead us. Truly, none of us are worthy of the many gifts offered to us by God, especially the gift of the Incarnation, Jesus Christ. However, if we allow God to be God and let go of our pride and selfishness, we can find ourselves transformed.

Living a stewardship way of life means we are not to hold onto things too tightly. What we have now and will be given in the future is to be received gratefully, cultivated to an increase, and then offered back to God. As we prepare for Christmas, even though we say it is a season for giving, we can too easily hold tightly to our plan or vision of the way the season should unfold. We forget that these days are not about us: our plans, our parties, and our presents. This time of Advent is about God and the Divine will for all humanity. It is time to let go and allow God to truly have the power in our lives. It is a time to surrender to the one whom this season is all about.

First Monday of Advent Challenge:

Spend 5-10 minutes in prayer with the intention of asking that God’s will increase and your will decreases.

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