BEADS OF JOY 12-15-12
“PREPARE – To Meet The Lord”
©2012 James Dacey, Jr. OFS
Let us continue to PREPARE, Christmas draws near and Jesus will be here. Throughout
the entire Old Testament the focus was all about pointing us in the direction
of the Lord, John the Baptist was the last to direct us. Shall we focus and PREPARE our lives and our thoughts in
preparation of Jesus’ arrival. He is coming you know. Our lives must be all about
getting ourselves prepared for eternity. We have more than enough time to PREPARE; even though we don’t really
know how long we will live.
You know I believe God is a very merciful God, and
He really really wants all of us to be with Him in Heaven, no matter who we are.
I see end of life suffering, especially for non-believers, as time for those
who don’t believe to turn to Him. Of cause we must turn away from our sin and
ask for forgiveness; I see the end of life in long suffering, as that time
gifted to us by God. At that time most are surrounded by family and friends who
mourn and pray by their bedside. Long suffering has purpose the way I
spiritually understand it. God really loves us with a capacity we won’t ever
understand. Here is an interesting conversation my two sons had; Charlie said, “I have so many questions I want to ask God
when I see Him.” Travis immediately jumped in and said, “I believe the minute we see God, all the
questions we ever wondered and thought about, will be immediately answered just in
seeing Him and we won’t have to ask anything.” I felt blessed to hear this
conversation between our 12 year old and our 16 year old. The insight was
astonishingly impressive. God is most certainly a part of their daily thoughts.
Today’s gospel is found in Matthew 17:9a, 10-13 (The Coming of Elijah). Today we end week
2 of Advent and tomorrow begins week 3. Week 3 will begin the week of focus on Repentance. As we PREPARE for His arrival, we must repent; we must cleanse our spirit
and prepare our lives, so that we might be able to give all we have to Him. Our
purpose in life must include our Lord, without Him, our purpose has no purpose.
As this New Year approaches, plan and PREPARE
to change the things in your life that you really want to change. It’ll be a
fresh new start for all of us; to be closer and closer to our Lord.
“Jesus, I Trust in You.”
Your Brother in Christ Jesus
and His Most Precious Mother Mary,
Jimmy (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS