He’s behind you – oh no he isn’t!
Today has been all about Christmas. I know that it is also World Aids Day and probably a few other things as well. But for my family and I it has all been about Christmas. The annual Christmas Fayre took place this morning with cakes, stalls and much chatter and squashing and squeezing. This was followed by a trip with friends to New Lanark for the Christmas Experience. We met Santa, the Snow Queen and the Wicked Witch Grizelda. Christmas lights twinkled and Christmas songs sang merrily in the background. We learnt about a time when Christmas Day was just another day.
For the church though this is actually the season of Advent and Christmas Day is the culmination of this period. Christians need times of preparation – whether it is Lent leading up to Easter or Advent leading up to Christmas. Time for preparation is so important that we make sure we have plenty of it! The time for preparation is meant for our spiritual well being rather than making sure the cards are written, the turkey is ordered and the presents wrapped. This time of preparation is to ready ourselves for his coming – celebrating his birth but looking forward to his return. We celebrate the past but always facing forward – looking for his return.
Mark 13:32 No one knows when that day or time will be, not the angels in heaven, not even the Son. Only the Father knows. 33 Be careful! Always be ready, because you dont know when that time will be.
Oh yes he is!
One of these days that will be what happens. But until then we must continue to prepare ourselves.
May Advent be a time of preparation, not just of the house but of our hearts.