Advent Reflection Day 11
10th of December
Our preparation for Christmas is sometimes very material, everything is rush, rush, rush. There are cards and presents to think about, then the worry of who might have been forgotten. So our mind isn’t always in a particularly reflective place!
Perhaps this Advent we could resolve to think more about giving the present of ‘presence’!
We cannot always be physically present with a person, but we can certainly give our time in prayer and reflection to many people.
Let’s spend a little time ‘being with’ some special people….
Be with someone who needs you.
Be with a person who gives you hope.
Be with those who live in terror and fear.
Be with an older person.
Be with someone who has helped you to grow.
Be with one who is in pain.
Be with a war-torn country.
Be with yourself.
Be with someone who has written to you.
Be with a child.
Be with a refugee who is fleeing from harm.
Be with an enemy or someone you dislike.
Be with a farmer losing his or her land.
Be with someone who has terminal illness.
Be with the homeless.
Be with those who suffer from substance abuse.
Be with hungry children.
Be with a co-worker.
Be with those whose hope is faint.
Be with world leaders
Be with someone in your family.
Be with men and women in prison.
Be with someone working for justice.
Be with those who are abused and neglected.
Be with your loved one.
God of love, remind me often to let go of my busyness and my hurriedness so that I can be with others in a loving way. Convince me that ‘being’ is as important as ‘doing’. Thank you for your strengthening presence. Thank you for being with me. Amen