God is with us

It is time. We have but few precious moments remaining until he comes. How quickly the days have passed; the hours have flown, gone before the mind can catch its first waking thought. So much to do, so little time.

These are the times that try men’s souls.” Thomas Paine wrote these words 236 years ago on December 23rd, 1776. How appropriate these words remain today. The world remains in turmoil, death and evil surround us, it often seems as though evil has firmly clutched our very souls. The world, for all of mankind’s achievements, remains a dark and forbidding place, much as it has for more than two thousand years.

And yet there is hope … for he is coming. He will save us all. He will save the world. He will bring hope and peace and love that knows no end. He will make all things new. But we must be prepared, we must be ready. But above all we must stop trying to do it all, we must quit trying to make everything just right. So what exactly should we do?

Let go and let God.

Let go of all the busyness and endless tasks we set before us. Let go of the hatred. Let go of the fear. Let go of the anger. Let go of all the jealousy and feelings of inadequacy. Let go of any bitterness and resentment. Let go of the things that keep you from Him. Let it all go and give it all up to God.

Remember who is truly in charge, who is really in control. Let God into your life. Let God take control of all the worries and concerns that threaten to overwhelm you. Let God clear the way of the obstacles that confront you. Let God light the path and dispel the darkness that surrounds you. Let God bring you peace and joy. Let God embrace you, love you, hold you, touch you.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is born. Emmanuel – God is with us. May the peace and love of the Christ Child come upon you and keep you safe all the days of your life.

About the author: Deacon Chuck

Deacon Chuck was ordained into the permanent diaconate on September 17, 2011, in the ministry of service to the Diocese of Reno and assigned to St. Albert the Great Catholic Community. He currently serves as the parish bulletin editor and website administrator. Deacon Chuck continues to serve the parish of Saint Albert the Great Catholic Community of the Diocese of Reno, Nevada. He is the Director of Adult Faith Formation and Homebound Ministries for the parish, conducts frequent adult faith formation workshops, and is a regular homilist. He currently serves as the bulletin editor for the parish bulletin. He writes a weekly column intended to encompass a broad landscape of thoughts and ideas on matters of theology, faith, morals, teachings of the magisterium and the Catholic Church; they are meant to illuminate, illustrate, and catechize the readers and now number more than 230 articles. His latest endeavor is "Colloqui: A journal for restless minds", a weekly journal of about 8 pages similar in content to bulletin reflections. All his reflections, homilies, commentaries, and Colloqui are posted and can be found on his website: http://deaconscorner.org. Comments are always welcome and appreciated. He is the author of two books: "The Voices of God: hearing God in the silence" which offers the reader insights into how to hear God’s voice through all of the noise that surrounds us; and "Echoes of Love: Effervescent Memories" which through a combination of prose and verse provides the reader with a wonderful journey on the way to discovering forever love. He regularly speaks to groups of all ages and size and would welcome the opportunity to speak to your group.

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