Reflect Emmanuel

December 04

Reflect Emmanuel is a series of Advent meditations on Emmanuel, our God with us

December 4, 2013

Jill Vaccaro, Class of 2014

'"Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!
This is the LORD for whom we looked;
let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!"
For the hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain.'
"He guides me in right paths
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage."
 It is that overwhelming time of the year again. The end of the semester is approaching and tests, papers, projects, jobs, and extracurricular activities seem to be the only things consuming our lives.  Lately I've been feeling like I just want to quit. It would be so easy just to drop everything and not have to deal with all of the anxieties and stressors any longer. However at the same time, there is that little voice inside my head that tells me to continue moving forward and to keep pushing. I know deep down that with the guidance and strength from both God, and the loving people who surround me, I will continue on the right path and finish off the year in the best way that I can. Times can be really hard, that is for sure, but in the end sometimes all it takes is a little bit of positivity and a helping hand to aid in finding that light at the end of the tunnel.

Image: by Jill Vaccaro, ’14