Second Sunday of Advent

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 4:6-7

Never Wish Away Time

The overlap of the final two weeks of classes and the start of Advent is an extremely trying time for me. There are conflicting forces at hand: Advent is a time to be joyful and grateful, while my final two weeks of school are filled with stressful assignments, long rehearsals and little sleep. Throughout the course of a semester there are plenty of times when I wish I could fast forward to the end. But during these stressful times I frequently revert back to the advice of my parents: “never wish away time.” I realize that when I begin to count down the days until I can relax, I end up forgetting the principals of my ministry and the reason I’m here in the first place.

It is this spirit of Advent that I want to achieve my academic goals not because I want to get through them, but because I am appreciative of the opportunities given to me that allow my work to pay off. I’ve found these shared reflections of Advent to be extremely moving and I hope my parents’ advice has universal appeal as it has helped me through a lot. God bless and enjoy the rest of the semester. 

— Gabe Mollica ‘14