Preparing for Advent

by Beverly Hutchinson McNeff

The four weeks before Christmas are typically known as Advent. It is considered a time of preparation for the birth of Christ. Therefore, let us prepare for the birth of Christ by preparing our own inner garden. Today let us begin by noticing the weeds of fear that are choking the seeds of healing in our lives and make a conscious choice to bring them to the light of true healing, to the Holy Spirit, and allow Him to simply look on them. We don’t have to worry about how or when He will heal them. We have faith that if we bring them to Him, He will do the job immediately.

In the classic Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, we see an example of this type of faith. At one point in the film, the main character, George Bailey, feels as if he is at the lowest point in his life. He is facing an enormous problem and feels incapable of solving it. As he comes home to a house bustling with children excited about the holidays, he is lost in his world of problems. He climbs the stairs to see his little girl Zuzu who is in bed because of a cold she caught on the way home from school. She was awarded a flower at school and wanted to protect it from the freezing weather instead of herself, so now she’s ill.

None of this worldly stuff bothers little Zuzu, as she is in love with her beautiful flower. When she shows the flower to her father, little Zuzu notices that a few of the petals have fallen off. “Paste it, Daddy,” she says, fully confident that her daddy can fix anything.

There are so many great scenes in this movie, but this one is so powerful to me. Zuzu’s faith is so strong. She knows her father can do anything, even reattach flower petals. This scene foreshadows the fact that George will be faced with the need to have faith and step back and allow his problem to be “fixed.”

This is the trust, the faith we must have as we turn to the Holy Spirit right now. There is no problem He cannot heal. This is not naïve; it is the truth. A Course in Miracles tells us trust would settle every problem now, but we cannot doubt if we are to realize this gift. Let us all bring our “wilted petals” and broken dreams to God, Who can work miracles in our lives because that is what we are entitled to.

With the beginning of Advent, we will focus our first week on the lesson in our Prayer Ministry for December: I rest in God. (W-109) This lesson assures us that as we rest in God, we find a strength to carry us “past misery and pain, past loss and death, and onward to the certainty of God. There is no suffering it cannot heal. There is no problem that it cannot solve. And no appearance but will turn to truth before the eyes of you who rest in God.”

Could there be a better lesson to begin our preparation for the birth of miracles in our lives? Join with me this month as we rest in God together. We don’t do this to become detached from the world or all the problems that swirl around; we do it so we can look clearly at the illusions of fear and focus on the truth of love. Let us focus on the power of God to heal our lives. In this, our faith is firmly planted.

“This is the day of peace. You rest in God, and while the world is torn by winds of hate your rest remains completely undisturbed.” (W-109)

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