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  Advent Wreath

Year of Faith: Advent

 

December 22, 2012
by
Chadwick Johnson
Sophomore, Nursing

 

1 Samuel 1:24-28
1 Samuel 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd
Luke 1: 46-56
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/122212.cfm

 

1 Samuel 1:24-28
These verses are an amazing portrayal of Hannah’s reverence for God and Hannah’s gratitude to God. This story starts off with Hannah asking the Lord for a child.  Once Hannah has birthed this child, she names the child Samuel. The biblical meaning for Samuel is “God Listens.” I believe this shows reverence because Hannah is giving the Lord the honor and respect for this child with whom He has gifted her. Hannah knew that the Lord had answered her prayer – God listened to her. These verses remind me that everything given to me by the Lord is still the Lord’s. I own nothing. Everything I have is the Lord’s. Hannah truly understands this and that is why she symbolically gives her son back to the Lord when she returns to the Temple and offers him to Eli.

 

1 Samuel 2:1
This passage portrays the importance of having the Lord in your Life. There is no way to make it through life without the Lord’s guidance. I instantly think about my first year in college. During that first year I thought I could live life without God. I thought that I could make it on my own. Needless to say that was a false truth. I fell on my face, I was utterly and completely lost with no way to look but up. The best part was that God had been waiting for me with his arms wide open.

 

Luke 1:46-56
These scriptures give us an understanding of the mind of the Lord. The Lord humbles the proud and cares for the lowly. He wants to fill our lives with goodness. Those who fear the Lord will be shown mercy and will be favorable in His sight. I believe the way you live a God fearing life is to do to the best of your ability the things that honor Him. This coincides with one of Neumann University’s core values, “Excellence.” We should give ourselves over to God as a sign of surrendering because we, along with everything else He has created, belong to Him. He has created us to glorify Him. All that we do should serve this Purpose and we should do it with all our hearts to the best of our ability.

 

December 22, 2012
by
Katherine Sullivan
Junior, Communication & Media Arts

 

 

1 Samuel 24-28
1 Samuel 2:1, 4-5, 6-7. 8abcd
Luke 1: 46 – 56
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/122212.cfm

 

 

As we prepare for the coming of the Lord during this Advent season, let us reflect on the blessings that God has granted us throughout this year. Whether this year has been filled with happy or sad moments, God has been there beside us, guiding our way. During this third week in Advent, our readings come to us from the book of Samuel and the Gospel of Luke. As we read and reflect, we will discover that God works in beautiful and mysterious ways in the lives of those who believe and trust in Him.

 

During this Advent season, we may discover in a new way that we are able to trust and depend on God. As we read Samuel 1:24-28, we may flash back to a time when we have been able to pray and leave a situation in God’s hands by believing in Him. Samuel 1:24-28 emphasizes the story of Hannah’s  dedication to the Lord. Hannah brings importance to this story because by her example, we are able to depend on God in certain circumstances and believe that He will take care of our lives and the people in it. In my own experience, I have discovered that as I am away at school, I put my trust in God to protect my family and friends while I am absent from their present lives.

The Gospel proclaims a divine message through Mary affirming that God has granted her a wonderful gift of carrying a blessed child. Her soul rejoices in the greatness of the Lord by the child who is a miracle for the world. At this time, Mary and Elizabeth have conceived two miracles and have become servants of the Lord. In our lives, we are granted wonderful gifts from God. During this Advent season as we prepare for the coming of the Lord, let us rejoice in the wonderful gifts that God has granted us and be His servants by demonstrating God’s message on campus and at home with our family and friends.

 

 

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