Trust seems like it will be a theme for this year.
Gerry is finding it difficult to trust God to work out our living circumstances - as the older three boys prepare to return interstate after their holiday, and we remain living in Sydney, he tries to trust God to work things out. All his efforts to be transferred closer to the our older sons have fizzled out.
And trust keeps coming up in my life.
On the feast of Mary, Mother of God I read about some characteristics of Mary - What characteristics of Mary are you most in need of in your own life: courage, faithfulness, gentleness, openness, trust, prayerfulness?
Trust, gentleness, prayerfulness jumped off the page . It is these I need.
Fr's homily recently reminded us of trusting in God, of the value of faith and trust.
And today I read this comment, in " Advent and Christmas Wisdom from Pope John Paul II" ~
"May the joy of Christmas, which sings of the birth of the Saviour, instill in all trust in the power of truth and of patient perseverance in doing good. For each of us the divine message of Bethlehem resounds 'Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy, to you is born this day in the city of David a saviour, who is Christ the Lord.' ( Luke 2:10-11)" Originally from Urbi Et Orbi, Christmas 1998.
Trust. Be not afraid. Perhaps these should be some of our mottoes for 2007.