Advent Season

November 29, 2018

Beginning this Sunday, the Church celebrates the season of Advent. In the next four weeks we will ponder and reflect on the birth of Jesus. Historically speaking, some 2,000 years ago, the second person of the Trinity, Jesus, became a human being as a tiny baby. For over 2,000 years Christians around the world have been celebrating this coming of God to dwell with us. Advent is a time when we joyfully anticipate the celebration of Christmas, or is it?

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

For most of us, Advent is also the time of great stress as we go about our plans and preparation for Christmas. We stress over getting the right gift for the right person and spend a lot of time either in stores or online searching for the right gift. There seems to be a lot of parties, and dinners, and get togethers and our attention is diverted away from the true meaning of Christmas. While I think we all enjoy some of this activity, I think all of us look forward to January and the new year, when we have concluded the Christmas activities.

At the risk of making the Christmas season more stressful, I would like to make a few suggestions. The first suggestion is that we not lose sight of the fact that “Jesus is the reason for the season.” Take a little time to pray each day, go to regular church services, make phone calls to loved ones, put some money in the Salvation Army buckets. One person I know has decided to read the daily scriptures as part of Advent. The second suggestion is to take a little one on one time with someone you love. Plan a date night where you will not worry about Christmas, but simply be attentive to one another-take a break and watch a traditional movie or just do nothing.

If there has been one season of the year that has been hijacked, it is Christmas as we wear ourselves out with everything not Christian. Rather than worrying about getting the right gift, why not spend a little time concerning yourself with receiving the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ?

“May the Lord bless and keep you. May he let his face shine upon you and give you his peace.”



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