Throughout Advent, we’ll be sharing reflections on the day’s readings written by a few of our Sisters. Each will share something she is thankful for during this season of preparation, that is, her Advent Appreciation. Share your own #AdventAppreciation with us on Facebook or Twitter!


Today’s Advent Appreciation: Expectancy

December 3, 2017 – First Sunday of Advent

Read today’s scriptures

by Sister Mary O’Brien

“O come, O Come Emmanuel” is the oft-repeated hymn of the Advent season. “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down…” But when and how does Jesus come?

A quick glimpse into my last few days offers ideas for quiet mulling:

  • We host a nutrition class in our food pantry; I recommend possible attendance at an upcoming Health seminar. One first-time attendee who has a heart condition responds that it’s too far for her to walk; another immediately replies that she has a car. “I can pick you up and we can go together.”
  • I spend the weekend with a precocious two-year-old. Like a sentinel on duty, he stands at the front window, with seemingly every fiber of his being on alert, as he waits with eagerness and delight for the arrival of a beloved relative.
  • A local Presbyterian woman, commitment in full bloom, organizes her 17th annual CROP Walk to raise funds for the hungry, both near and far.

Gratitude flows and grows for everyday graces received. Look… and you will find! Come, Lord Jesus, come!

Open my eyes, Lord, that I may seek your face in the ordinary extraordinary moments of my day.

   December 3rd, 2017      Posted In: Featured Stories, General, In The News