The Proper Ordering of Things



A supporter of President Lincoln once remarked, “I certainly hope the Lord is on the side of the North.” Lincoln thought for a moment and responded, “About that I am not at all concerned, but only that we should be on the side of the Lord.”

The question is not whether God is on our side, heading our every call; but whether we are on His side, responsive to His call. He is the Creator, we are the created; He is the Alpha & Omega, we have an expiration date; He runs the universe, we can barely run our own lives.

It must be God first…God second… and God third.

In His infinite wisdom, God created the soul with needs that only He can meet. Placed deep within the heart of every man and woman is a yearning for love that trumps everything.  And this hunger can only be fed by God.  Our hearts are fashioned by God for God. The Creator of our thirst is also the fountain for our thirst.

As I reflect on the beginning of Advent and what this means to me, I am aware that I have a choice on how to order my days leading up to the most holy birth of Our Lord.  As I make my “to do” lists, I will also remember to schedule in quiet and prayerful time.  As I move about the busyness of Christmas with its many glittery and tempting distractions, I will also remember to be still.

Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalms 46:11)


About Pamela Mandeville

Pam is the Administrative Assistant at Pilgrim Center of Hope. She moved from Houston with the specific intention of becoming Catholic and getting involved in the Catholic community of San Antonio. Pam says, "Serving in this ministry of evangelization is a dream come true." The Pilgrim Log is the blog of the Pilgrim Center of Hope, a Catholic evangelization ministry, providing weekly spiritual reflections to help you journey toward a deeper relationship with Christ. Learn more about the Pilgrim Center of Hope by visiting

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  1. Being still is something I struggle with! What better time than Advent to truly get into the habit of being still and letting God have total control, even though it’s quite a hard feat. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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