My reflection is from Living Faith:
Cry out at the top of your voice, Jerusalem, herald of good news! Isaiah 40:9
“Today is the Feast of Saint Nicholas.  it is the first of many days when my kids will stampede into our living room, and make a lot of noise as they plunge their hands into their stockings.
Remember the Grinch? He so hated NOISE! NOISE! NOISE!
Mr. Grinch, you and me both.
I am really, not a Scrooge. What’s more, today’s Scripture reminds all weary parents of candy cane-hyped-up little ones that when we join our children in their happy noisemaking – or we simply embrace the commotion and effusion of joy around us during the busy Advent season-we are preparing ourselves to welcome Jesus.… just as the angels and wise men did with their singing, trumpeting and gift giving.
This Advent, we are certainly called to find corners of calm to grow closer to Christ, but let us also cry out like Jerusalem, herald the good news, and ‘repeat the sounding joy.’” Kate Wicker
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