Article: Guidance

Newry Cathedral News

December is one of the busiest months of the year. There are many pressures on each of us as we prepare for Christmas and reaching goals we set for ourselves before a new year begins. It is easy to become overwhelmed and exhausted with our ever growing to do lists. As we get caught up in buying presents, writing cards, putting up decorations and meeting family and friends, we have little time to reflect. We can become so distracted by these things that we forget what the season of Advent is really about.

During this time of Advent, we can recharge and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. The second Sunday of Advent represents peace.

Peace is like a light shining in a dark place. Take time to find the light of peace you need this Christmas. Finding peace can be difficult at first but we need to be patient. Peace may be found in a cup of tea with a good friend, saying sorry to someone, talking to a councillor about a difficult time or praying to find the right path for us. We offer God the gift of this time and allow the minutes to flow by, without measuring or counting them. In the stillness of this time, may we find peace in our hearts and the peace within ourselves that we desire.

For anyone who needs a little support this season, always remember that God will guide you through.

When I meditated on the word Guidance, I kept seeing “dance” at the end of the word. I remember reading that doing God’s will is a lot like dancing.

When two people try to lead, nothing feels right. The movement doesn’t flow with the music, and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky. When one person realises that, and lets the other lead, both bodies begin to flow with the music. One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back or by pressing lightly in one direction or another. It is as if two become one body, moving beautifully. The dance takes surrender, willingness, and attentiveness from one person and gentle guidance and skill from the other.

My eyes drew back to the word Guidance. When I saw “G: I thought of God, followed by “u” and “i”. “God, “u” and “i” dance.” God, you, and I dance. As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust that I would get guidance about my life. Once again, I became willing to let God lead.

My prayer for you this week is that God’s blessings and mercies be upon you on this day and every day. May you abide in God as God abides in you. Dance together with God, trusting God to lead and to guide you.
And I Hope You Dance!