Yesterday was an interesting day for this 54 year old. Four things happened that a year ago I would have never expected.
- My daughter has asked me to make a prayer video for people facing radiation treatments. I have never done anything like this; she told me she received one from Kirk Cameron. No pressure here, eh. OK, Holy Spirit, gonna need some inspiration on this one.
- Went to lunch yesterday with a lighting rep. No big surprise, right, do it all the time. It’s what I ordered that is the surprise…all side dishes. Diced, baked potato’s, grilled haricots verts (green beans for those in question) and…blackened brussel sprouts. Never in my life have I voluntarily ordered and eaten brussel sprouts.
- Had an egg white sandwich for dinner. I’d say mm-mm, but I’d be lying.
- Took my semester final exam last night on the National Electrical Code class part 1. It was scheduled to go from 6-9 PM and I being confident figured I’d be home by 7:30 PM at the latest – it was only 35 multiple choice questions, 3 bonus multiple choice and 5 math problems (show all your work type). I looked at my watch at about question 25 and it was 8 PM. I started thinking that I might not finish this D*** test. I did though, with about 20 minutes to spare. Done now until the Spring semester.
So, is there a “religious” point to all of this? Yes. None of us should be satisfied or comfortable with who or what we are at any given point in time. We should always be looking to make us better people. Mentally, physically and most important – Spiritually. Yesterday in praying my second set of Salvation mysteries of the Rosary, I committed to loving God with all of my strength, with all of my mind and with all of my spirit. I think the experiences I related to you above hit on all of those commitments. Today, I will have a chance to cleanse myself of all of my sins at our Reconciliation night at St. Mary Magdalen in Brentwood, MO. All of you are invited to do the same. Doors will open at 6 PM and remain open as long as people are present to have their confession heard.
This is the season of Advent – a time for all of us to prepare for the coming of Christ. Will you be ready?
Do something great for our Lord today – order those stinking brussel sprouts, film your prayer video, take that final exam, but most importantly, be ready. Christ is coming whether you are ready or not.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.