It seems in our world we are surrounded by and perhaps even shaped by many No’s. That is all the more reason to anticipate and welcome the quickening light that awakens sleepers from the state of resistance so energized around the word “No.” Advent is a season to recognize that for every No we have received in life, we may also declare and participate in that No’s transformation into a Yes – for our ultimate good and ongoing growth. And so we declare:
Yes to God.
Yes to being you.
Yes to others, especially those we live and work with.
Yes to the past, present and future.
Yes to flourishing.
Yes to surrender.
Yes to hope.
Yes to faith.
Yes to love.
Yes to giving.
Yes to receiving.
Yes even to our life difficulties.
Yes – whether simply, quietly or loudly – just yes.
Learning how to say Yes to whatever is occurring in our life without needing to change or resist anything is the art of grace – a grace that also teaches us the skills of hope, faith and love; skills, along with grace, that we will need; skills we will also acquire more completely as we journey through the fullness of gifts this Advent season holds in store for us.
Know you are blessed,