Thanksgiving is behind us and the Christmas shopping season starts out with what is commonly known as Black Friday, with Cyber-Monday becoming the new busiest shopping day. The material world has become so dominant that sometimes we lose sight of the true meaning of Advent. Many may not know that the Christmas season begins on the 25th of December, and the time before is set aside for us to prepare for His coming.
Advent, from the Latin “coming”, is meant for Christians to reflect on our lives and prepare for the coming of our Savior. The weeks before we celebrate the birth of Jesus were set aside for each of us to have the opportunity to repent, to reflect on our lives and prepare our hearts for Jesus to enter without reservation. This time should also be used to reflect on our relationships with our loved ones that have made their journey to Christ.
We come together at the table with family and give thanks. We celebrate with family the coming of our Lord and Savior. Then we welcome the new year with hope for the future. Unfortunately, for many, the grief of the death of a loved one may cast a shadow over all these celebrations. Grief can consume us and prevent us from seeing the hope that comes with the birth of Christ. He came into this world to bring us from darkness to the light. Advent is the time to reflect on our relationship with Christ and to remove the shackles of this world. We were recently reminded that Christ is the way, the truth and the life and during this season of joy we focus on what one day each of us will experience if we follow two simple rules, love God above all else and love thy neighbor as thyself.
Wishing you a Blessed Christmas and a New Year filled with the peace of knowing Christ’s love.
Director of Cemeteries