Our family had a busy day yesterday and wound up leaving our Advent reflection till bedtime. The older two had lots of fun trying to find the similarities between the sacrifice of Isaac and Christ’s crucifixion. I think my favorite was Bonita’s, as she looked at the rockie hill top portrayed in our Children’s Bible: “I know! I know! There were rocks in both stories!” When she decided to move on to identifying the differences between the two stories, I declared that it was time for bed!
The sacrifice of Isaac is one I hold dear to my heart, hence the fact that one of my children is named after Isaac. That took a little convincing – Ray wasn’t on board. But I think it’s really hard to say no to your wife who’s layed up on bed rest! When I told my mom, she scrunched up her face and said, “Oh, Stephanie! That’s worse than ______!” (I don’t want to offend anyone, but fill in an unusual Old Testament name that you might occassionly hear today and you’ll get the picture.) Of course, she completely denies this today, and says she loves the name. Regardless, I am so glad that we chose that name, as it so aptly fits our young man. “He laughs,” indeed.
Today’s story, honestly, is one I hadn’t given a whole lot of thought to in the past. But I enjoyed delving into it. I hope you enjoy this reflection with your family.
December 7 (Person – Jacob; Symbol – ladder)
“Know that I am with you; I will protect you wherever you go, and bring you back to this land. I will never leave you until I have done what I promised you.”
Gen 27:41 – 28:22
Reflection: In this reading, God reassures Jacob of the promise he had given to Abraham – a promise that He would give land to Abraham’s family, that his descendents (his children, children’s children, etc.), would be “as plentiful as the dust of the earth,” and that all the world would be blessed through them. God also promises, “I will never leave you…” Jesus echoed these words in Matthew 28:20, when he said, “I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
Jesus is with us always, even though we can’t see him. We can talk to him through prayer any time we like. We can tell him what worries us, what makes us sad, and what makes us happy. We can say “thank you” for our many blessings, or we can ask for his help.
Let’s take a moment to pray silently to Jesus, telling him what is in our hearts. First, let’s say, “Jesus, I love you and I know that you are always with me. Thank you for listening to my prayer.” Then, we’ll have a quiet moment for each of us to talk silently with Jesus.
May God bless you today, and may you feel his presence with you always!