My last writer for this Advent guest-blogger series is a freshman in college with wisdom beyond her years. She was born with a servant's heart, ready and willing to help those around her. And she is one of those people who just pull the best traits out of those around her.
Ginna is a truly a Proverbs 31 woman. You know the one, clothed in dignity and strength. The one who seems to just embody her call to holy purity and gentleness. She hears that call to be God's love to others and answers it eagerly. Each of these women who have written for are women who have inspired me to be better, to pray more, to work harder. Ginna is my orignial inspiration. We shared a room for almost ten years and are somehow still best friends. She was one of the first people I wanted to tell about my pregnancy because I couldn't image even going a few weeks without her knowing the most important news in my life. She has been my shoulder to cry on, hand to hold, and shot-gun rider. She is someone I can always count on, and I hope that she can count on me as much I do her.
Ginna is afraid of cows, but loves milk. She is studying sociology. She is best friends with her dog, Maria, who is named after Our Lady of Guadalupe (they found Maria on her feast day). She is the Christmas Queen. Ginna also swam competitively for 12 years, and is an aunt.
Siblings are tricky. They can bring out the worst or the best in us, egging us on into childish arguments, making us revert back to less mature ways. Or they can grow with us and help us to become better adults in Christ together. Family, whether by blood or by choice, is integral to building our community of faith. Someone to sit with at church on Sundays, a group of people who you can ask to pray with or for you. Those relationships are precious. We were not all called to be solitary creatures, worshipping God alone in the desert. With Christmas just a mere six days away, be sure to make time for your families this holiday season. Give your grandmother a call, send your aunt a holiday card, and make sure that they know you appreciate and love the community you were raised in.