Advent Reflection Booklet 2014 - page 4

Why do you let us wander, O LORD, from your ways,
and harden our hearts so that we fear you not?
Isaiah 63:17
Wandering, finding our way or God’s plan for us - a great deal of
thought has been dedicated to contemplating this throughout
time. Philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre said, “We are our choices.”
Making choices that please God can sometimes elude us, no mat-
ter how eager we are to please. Young children often strive to
please their parents, sometimes without truly understanding
how. There once was a five year old boy, busy outside playing
with some sticks in the yard. He had a favorite which was a cou-
ple inches thick and a few feet long, that he used as a walking
stick, a pretend gun or even a pretend axe. One particular day,
the mother heard a banging noise, only to see him swinging this
stick onto the hood of her almost new car. She quickly called for
him to stop him. However, when she asked him why he was do-
ing this, he very proudly smiled and responded, “Mommy, I
killed the all the bugs. No more bugs on your car!”
In reflecting on the boy’s intentions, I believe this is analogous to
our relationship with God. I know I have found myself making
choices, hoping they were aligned with God’s plan. What if I
have actually been swinging a stick at something God valued, or
even cherished?
With this in mind, I pray…
Dear God, please be with me in my decision making, so that my
choices may serve You.
Barbara Andrews
MSLS
Director of Advancement Services
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