Over the next four Sundays we will prepare for the celebration of the advent of Christ. The word advent means, the arrival of something important. What could be more important than God’s son coming to us? During the preparation our hearts become more open, and we enter a season of greater generosity and deeper expressions of love. We sing, “Joy to the world, the Lord has come.” This is a season of great joy.
Part of our advent preparation is the preparing of gifts. The gifts we give are in remembrance of God’s great gift. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” God’s gift reflects the love he has for us.
As we prepare, Let us lay our hearts before him and allow his Spirit to minister to us so that we are ready to receive him with open arms. We need to guard against the current and temporary circumstances of this life that can cause us to miss out on the celebration of our eternal life in Christ Jesus. Advent is a time of preparing. We are preparing to celebrate the greatest of all events, the advent of Christ.