I was watching television the other day and heard the most prolific message coming from it, a message that resonates profoundly and makes one to look inward to reflect on the real reason why God has placed them to be here on earth. The message:
Be who you were born to be and not what you have become
To be able to experience this phenomenon of being who you were born to be, Faith plays a crucial role in the ability to be able reach your true destiny. Remember scripture Jeremiah 1:5..
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations
Faith is essential when facing any type of storm without it you are left naked to wander aimlessly through life. We all during life face one type of storm or another, that is life. As with Faith, one has to remember that, “Serenity is not freedom from the storm but peace amid the storm.” As referenced in the above scripture about being “prophets to the nations,” it is our duty as Christians to spread the word of God and to make his Word known. To accomplish this we too, should strive for being like the Saints, who selfishly loved God with every fiber of their being. As my good friend and fellow Catholic pointed out, “They became the people God created them to be.”
Are you ready to accept this challenge and be the person God intended?
Seek a personal relationship with Jesus and it is through His Love, Mercy and Grace that he will lift us all up to be all that we were meant to be… God Bless
They shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us“
Christmas is a favorite time of year for me, not because of the gifts we open or the great food we enjoy with our families and friends. It is a favorite because I so loved as a child the moment my Mother would gather us all up on her bed and read to us from the Bible the “Christmas story” from Luke 2: 1-20. We were mesmerized by the story and was something to this day I cherish.
The story now has so much more meaning today as it did to that child so many years ago. No longer is it a tale of a woman who rode a donkey into Bethlehem or that a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes was laid to rest in a manger. Or is it about how the shepherds watching their flock had come to visit or how the three Wise Men had followed the Star of Bethlehem to the site of our Beloved Savior’s birth.
The story is about Faith and teaches us how to believe, to embolden us to follow her example and turn our hearts to God. This, to me, is the true meaning of this saga. Turning our hearts to God and succumbing to his will as Mary did when she offered herself freely believing that it was God’s will.
Taking to heart the meaning of Mathew 1:23 “God is with us” enables us to know that even at our darkest hour, He is with us, if you are happy, He rejoices in your joy and if you are stressed, He offers you peace. When you are hurting he reminds you that, “I am with you always.” This is our greatest gift that we received so long ago. It is my wish to remind you to cherish this gift and humbly pray
Jesus, I believe that you are ‘God with us.’ Help me to become more open to your presence and your will. I want to be with you always, just as you are with me.