It’s the time of year when we all feel a little exhausted. Advent hasn’t yet started, the beginnings of fall are over and many of us are settling in to colder weather, more biting winds, and no resolution to any of the problems we’re facing. Next weekend we mark All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day, our annual remembrances of those who have gone before us. And it can all feel just a little bleak. How can we respond?
- By staying grounded in the Word of God. Use a daily missal to hear a message every day, and remember there is nothing new under the sun: God’s people have been through every possible disaster, and have persevered. We can, too!
- By looking for joy. There are more occasions to find joy in small moments than we realize. God sends unexpected gifts to us all the time: the smile on the face of a child, a tree’s leaves turned scarlet, sun breaking through the clouds. Be on the lookout for joy.
- By praying always. The moment you start feeling discouraged, make it into a prayer, a moment to share with Our Lord. Develop a habit of turning your thoughts to Jesus—he will always share your burdens.
Be of good cheer: Advent is on its way, and with it the end of walking in darkness. The Lord is on the way!