Advent Reflection Booklet 2013 - Immaculata University - page 4

“For over all, God’s glory will be shelter and protection;
shade from the parching heat of day, refuge and cover from
storm and rain.” (
Isaiah 4:6)
With his usual directness, Isaiah wanted the people of his time to
be aware of God’s great desire for them and the wonderful bless-
ings God was so eager to shower on them. “Rejoice!” he seems
to be shouting at them. “Have hope; believe that our God will
shelter and care for us!” Even today, if we listen, if we pray, if
we but pause for a moment to be still, we can still hear Isaiah’s
message of God’s great goodness echoing loud and true in and
for each of us. But how easy it could be for us to miss those
words or lose sight of God’s blessings because of the uncertain
and challenging times in which we live. How easy it could be to
lose hope when we recognize, that despite the best efforts of so
many people, poverty, homelessness, hunger, addiction, and vio-
lence still exist.
Yet, in the midst of these troubling issues, the Advent season of
hope and peace calls us back to find joy and hope once again,
and to believe that we can make a difference in our world. We
must hear and answer that call in our own lives and continue to
find ways to share our gifts with those who are most in need. So
with renewed faith and confidence, let us listen once again to
Isaiah’s words and recognize that we are called to be ministers of
God’s love, shelter, and protection to all those who need us.
Loving and gracious God, we give thanks for Your deep desire
for us and for Your delight in being our Shelter and Protection.
We give thanks, as well, for all the people You send into our lives
in whom we see Your face and who remind us of Your great love
and many blessings. Let us live each day of this Advent season
with hope, joy, and thanksgiving. We ask this, as we ask all
good things, in the name of Jesus, Your Son and our brother.
Amen.
Dr. Mary Calderone
Professor, Education Department
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