Tuesday, Second Week of Advent

The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore the holy thing that shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
And behold, thy cousin Elizabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren.
For nothing with God shall be impossible.
—Luke 1:35-37

Christmas Courage

The Advent season can be a time of joy, comfort, and peace, a time when we are surrounded by the ones we love. But for many, advent can bring feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and depression--even as lucky as we are to be students at Hamilton, we may feel these emotions sometimes. Days get shorter; school gets tougher—sometimes it may feel like the work will never end. For others, it is the fear that they will spend another lonely Christmas, or the emptiness they feel from the loss of a loved one. Through the pain that we might experience during Advent, we find inspiration and guidance in Mary’s courage.

When Gabriel came to Mary to tell her of God’s plan, one can’t imagine what was going through her mind. There is no doubt she felt frightened and anxious. What would she tell Joseph? Would he believe her? Would anyone? Yet through her fear and anxiety she is courageous, and responds to Gabriel, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38). This Advent, we must prepare for the birth of Christ as Mary did—with an unfaltering faith in God, and the courage to carry out his plan for us. Good luck on your last few finals and have a great break.

—Daniel Lichtenauer ‘14