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Our Expected Guest

Every year about this time, we anticipate a visit from a dear friend. Once again, he has kept his promise to come to be with us, enjoy a special time and prepare for an upcoming celebration.

As usual, I ask myself, “When is he coming?” “How long will he stay?” “What will he need?” and “Just how will we spend our time together?”

I think about how I will open wide my door, straighten the welcome mat, and greet him.

I remind myself that having a guest requires preparation. There is more to it than just putting out sheets and towels and the good dishes. I must “put myself out” to be available, to be truly present.

At times, I will have to silence my phone and surely cancel some appointment. I will need to make some room for him in my personal space and, of course, ask what else I may provide to make him feel at home.

A Place at the Table

I will find a comfortable spot where we can sit and talk. Then I will let my dear friend know how much I not only enjoy, but actually need, this annual visit. It somehow readies me to cope with the year ahead.

In addition, I will let him know there is always a place for him at the table. Hopefully, here in my home he will understand the meaning of “Mi casa es tu casa.”

I look forward to our lively conversations. We know each other well and easily share the joys and sorrows of the past as well as the struggles and challenges of the now. We have been friends for a long time.

He Comes Bearing Gifts

Sometimes, as it happens, we are comfortable enough to sit in silence just enjoying one another’s company. We both share. He always comes bearing gifts. They are not so much material as they are spiritual: Joy, light, peace and hope.

I always seek my friend’s advice. I rely on him for truthful guidance. I look up to him as a leader in the family of Jesse and David. Yes, he is coming soon bearing gifts, staying a good while, and promising to keep in touch until the next treasured visit.

There is excitement in the air!

“Who is this special guest” you ask? “Perhaps you already know him,” I answer. “He is Emmanuel, the King of Glory.”

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Sister Carol Meyers

Sister Carol Meyers

Sister Carol Meyers volunteers as a Montessori consultant and as a tutor at The Dominican Literacy Center att St. Cyprian Parish in River Grove, Illinois. She also serves as lector and offers time to a Kindergarten class and the RCIA program.

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  1. Avatar Debbie Griffey, PA on December 18, 2023 at 6:14 am

    I love this refreshing take on the special guest who is coming! Thank you so much!

  2. Avatar Diane Weidenbenner on December 18, 2023 at 6:46 am

    Thank you for this warm, endearing perspective about Jesus’ coming at Christmas. It’s a beautiful reminder.

  3. Avatar Connie SP on December 18, 2023 at 8:41 am

    What a creative and delightful reflection!

  4. Avatar Mary Montgomery on December 18, 2023 at 10:38 am

    Very special! I will share your reflection with my family. Thank you, Carol! 🙏💖🎄

  5. Avatar Susan Paweski, SP on December 20, 2023 at 11:13 am

    Carol, your reflection creates a beautiful analogy of Jesus as our special guest. Thank you!

  6. Avatar Laura Parker on December 20, 2023 at 11:23 am

    Thank you, Carol, for reminding us of what preparations we need to make to make our guest feel welcomed and loved. Truly a season to show us that love is the answer to much of the preparation!

  7. Avatar Steve Modde on December 20, 2023 at 8:14 pm

    WOW. You help me to be looking for him to come to my home with his gifts of joy, light, peace and hope. Thank you!

  8. Avatar Janet Gilligan on December 20, 2023 at 8:31 pm

    Lovely reflection, Carol. Thank you for this.

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