Brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus! We are here again at yet another installment of this adventure we call life, sandwiched between the two memory-seeking holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Although those super-technically astute would not agree, time is about to move faster and faster right about now. We know from previous experiences of these days that are so filled with grace and opportunities for growth that there could be a time where time itself stands still. This is now the Advent Season, which has its own character and texture, and if we understand it and move forward with it, we stand to have an awesome Christmas and an amazing year and life ahead. What do the Scriptures beckon us to accomplish?
“Yet, O LORD, you are our father; we are the clay and you the potter: we are all the work of your hands.” Have you ever climbed anything really tall and overwhelming? There are several aspects of such a feat that are also applicable to our reflection. You’ve got to prepare, you must know the terrain, and you must decide that you will finish. During this spiritual season of Advent, our whole focus in on preparation, preparing to prepare, as it were. We are getting ready for yet another Christmas, but it cannot be the same old same old. Our hearts must be open to wonderful moments of grace and beauty, and yes, joy as we await these beautiful celebrations.
“He will keep you firm to the end, irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Have you ever noticed how our lives can be divided into the two segments of our 24-hour existence daily? Light and darkness. The Scriptures are clearly referring to good deeds and evil deeds of which temptations constantly surround our day-to-day living. It appears we are going to have to make choices all day and all night long. It is precisely in these choices where we will find the recipe for deep happiness or disaster. And thank God we will have the Scriptures to guide us through these moments leading up to the great experience of Christmas.
“Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.'” Carry on with our eyes wide open and ready for anything. In many ways, Advent is like a dress rehearsal for our last breath before seeing God face-to-face. Just think about the image for just a second. Christmas is the First Coming of Christ. The Second Coming will arrive when our time on this planet is finished. Will we be sad or worried? If we approach Christmas with the joy and love of a child’s heart, then we can hope to face our own death in the same way.