Advent is a time for Christians to prepare for the coming of our Lord and Saver Jesus Christ. Traditionally it begins four weeks before Christmas, the day chosen to celebrate and witness His birth.
There are many preparation celebrations, all of which include prayer. Part of the CCCB's (Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo) support for this great occasion is to hold weekly retreats. Each week of Advent focuses on a theme. The first week was "faith." The second week is "peace" and it is this theme that I will ask you the reader to focus.
How do we find peace when we are grieving? In Exodus 13:17-22 God is described as a "pillar of cloud by day, and a column of fire by night." Usually, when we think about clouds we think about doom and gloom. Seldom do we think that the fog might be a mask covering and protection us against harm until we reach the light. Fire is often associated with pain and destruction. In the passage the fire provides protection and light.
Grief is for real! There is no doubting that fact. Grief is a lonely place to be, but our faith teaches us that God is always present. Can you reach through your cloud and touch the guiding hand of Christ? Can you trust your burning desire to be at peace and allow God to heal your broken heart?
During this Advent season reach into your heart and find your story. Put Christ into you story and find peace. What is your faith story?
Have a Blessed Advent and Merry Christmas!