We were simply talking and it suddenly came out of my mouth without thinking. I expressed my hope in God and my trust in His divine providence and love. I thank God for such a beautiful gift. But that got me to thinking: what does it really mean to hope in God?
We could choose to focus on the pain of rejection, but I choose to rejoice because I have been found worthy to be rejected for love of Jesus Christ. This was not the first time I was rejected because of my faith and it will not be the last.
Our loving God the Father tries to protect us from various hurts in this world, but if we disobey him or ignore his will for us, as rebellious children, well then, the suffering we often experience is brought on by our own stubborn refusal to grant him our free and loving obedience.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, known as the season of Advent, we will give lots of gifts. Gifts to our co-workers, family, friends and even strangers. Giving freely is something God calls us to do and brings us great joy.
As a kid, I always knew the holidays meant preparing for guests to arrive and cleaning the house. Believe it or not, this is where the Disney princesses come in to help with my preparation for Advent.