From the Pastor's Desk
Advent is a time of waiting, watching and preparing. As the darkness grows, we are eager to welcome the Light.
A Season of Hope
Already some people are challenging our long nights with the cheerful glow of Christmas lights. While I think it’s a little early, this lighting up of the darkness reflects optimism. It reflects our hope in Christ and our confidence that he will bring the world out of darkness into the light of salvation.
Although we must wait, we are not meant to be passive. Rather, we are to be joyful and excited; preparing our hearts for God's love, making room for the Son to dwell in us. While the Light of Salvation first came into the world long ago, each member of each generation must choose whether or not to accept that salvation and reflect its light to others.
Preparing Our Hearts
All other arrangements for Christmas easily can crowd out this most important preparation of the heart. So it becomes necessary for us to keep reminding ourselves of what comes first. Families developing their own traditions that include prayer and the Christmas story; teaching children how to give, how to notice the needy, how to say ‘thank you’. All of us paying attention to ‘doing good’ to prepare our hearts to welcome the Messiah and to be able to reflect his love.
What one new thing you could do to prepare this season? Or something you used to do? Some prayer, act of charity, or strengthening of family?
May the Lord Jesus prepare us for his coming into our lives and hearts this Christmas.