No Ordinary Time.  My girls and I were discussing books when both mentioned that Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book about Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the most memorable they had ever read.  The librarians at Raybrook added it to our collection.  I read it and had to agree.

During one of our nation’s pre-war periods, when a difficult issue was being considered and opinions varied, the wise wife of our president firmly pronounced, “This is no ordinary time,” and a positive, decisive decision settled it.

Now pondering Advent, this occasion comes to mind.  Isaiah is warning Israel and Judah of things to come.  They must make a decision.  Compare this to the life-changing event of Advent.  In the fullness of time, Jesus Christ, our Savior, came into the world.  We must make a decision.  Will you feel like sincerely singing to the top of your voice, “Joy to the world, the Lord has come”?  You should.  Advent is no ordinary time.

– Marian Beltman


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