Are You a Secret Cynic?

Jie-Wei Zhou

Advent is a time of waiting, waiting in silence, in the dark.

But how do we wait?

Do we wait stoically or with joy?

Do we wait like a child, a child who trusts that his daddy will keep His promises or have life’s disappointments left us jaded and closed off to any spiritual surprises?

Come to think of it, how many of us actually expect anything to happen to us on Christmas morning?

When we are secretly cynical, we will not receive a thing, not a pinpoint of Light and we will cement our cynicism in place for another year.

As we wait, secretly longing for the dark, empty places within us to be flooded with His light, we should look to our children to teach us how to wait for the Christ Child to be born anew in our hearts. They trust and believe the words of both their earthly and heavenly fathers. Think of a young child, eyes twinkling, barely able to sit still and contain his excitement because he knows that his dad will never give him a stone instead of a loaf of bread. Yet as the child waits, he also enjoys even the strike of a match, delights in a single flame of the Advent candle because he is open and enjoys simple pleasures.


4 thoughts on “Are You a Secret Cynic?

  1. Christmas is a great time for repentance.
    Preparing for the family, the longing for the common joy and happiness, the heartwarming sharing and thinking of our emotions, thoughts, deeds, evaluate them based on Jesus’ teachings and repent, in front of God is a very good way to have a fresh start and cleanse ourselves for our beloved ones.
    So, with this active waiting, we can reborn again, we can pass the spark of His love on, and with a loving relationship, we can experience a radiant flame…;)


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