Today is the first Sunday of Advent and the theme is "Hope".
I thought I would first share this reflection I came across and then give you some quick thoughts about it. Go read first and come back.
As you can see we are to not be anxious in what lies ahead but to be sheltered in love and be patient as we wait for hope.
For me that hope, that love, culminated today. My daughter and our family have waited for months now for her son to be born. Today, on the first Sunday of Advent, he made his appearance.
Her joy and love was seen when this photo was taken of her.
I had to wait patiently for hours while she was in labor with only her best friend by her side. I could not be with her. Then after he was born, I waited more hours just to get to see him and her for only a few minutes over Skype, but being sheltered in the love for him and be patient for what lied ahead, I received joy.
My heart is bursting.
Isn't that what Advent is about waiting for the Hope of another child so that our hearts can burst wide open? I think so.