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This weekend at Mass we sang one of my favorite Advent themed songs: A Voice Cries Out by Michael Joncas. I was enjoying singing along with the choir and other members of the congregation when my youngest decided it was time (again) to start acting up in Mass. All of my joy seemed to fly right out at that moment. I found it rather ironic as our pastor spoke a bit about patience in his homily and after all, the entire season of Advent is about waiting. Instead, I had a flash of anger try to take hold of my spirit as I saw his behavior as a way to distract me from what I wanted to do rather than his way of trying to get my attention.
Here’s A Voice Cries Out:
By the end of Mass, J was sitting next to his dad while doing his best to communicate that he was not happy over the new seating arrangement. And, I was able to lift my voice in song again. This time it was a piece I was less familiar with: Ready the Way by Bob Hurd.
I love the lyrics for that selection, too. The first phrase of each verse is repeated (the II: and :II are meant to indicate that repeat.)
1. ||: "Ready the way for the Lord." :|| A voice cries out in the wilderness: "Ready the way for the Lord."
2. ||: "Let every valley be filled. :|| Let every mountain be humbled. Let every valley be filled."
Refrain: Here is your God, coming with your vindication. Look and behold the saving power of God.
3. ||: Desert and waste land will bloom. :|| Glory and splendor will fill the land. Desert and waste land will bloom.
4. ||: Those who are blind will then see. :|| Those who are lame will then leap for joy. Those who are blind will then see. Refrain
5. ||: Strengthen the ones who are weak. :|| Say to the frightened: "Have courage." Strengthen the ones who are weak. Refrain
As we continue to walk the days towards Christmas, I am striving to be more patient with others and myself. It is not an easy thing to do at times, but I know it is something God calls us to do.
Do you ever struggle with being patient with friend, family or even yourself?
What do you do to help develop patience?
My friend Trish over at A House Upon the Rock is joining me in co-hosting this 40 day meme. We will not be doing a daily link-up, but rather a weekly one. If you blog more than once a week, please add each link to the link-up, we’d love to find you and read what you are doing and learning as you seek Him.
Please consider joining us as we Seek Him for the next 40 days. We will celebrate from the first day of Advent through Epiphany on Jan. 6th.
If joining us on the 40 Days of Seeking Him meme, please link directly to your post. Every week we will link up and share what we are doing, learning or how we celebrate the birth of our Lord. You are more than welcome to link up to more than one post each week if you’ve written multiple posts on the topic of Advent and growing closer to Christ.
Please feel free to join once a week, every day, or as many times as you are able.
If you post more than once, add each link to the link-up.
We will not have new link-ups each day, but once a week (every Sunday a new link-up will start).
Thank you for joining us. I look forward to reading your posts (as many as I possibly can) as we share what we are doing to prepare our hearts for the most wonderful gift God gave us ~ Jesus Christ.