Merry Christmas friends! I hope each and every one of you have a blessed and joyous Christmas.
Today is the last day of Advent. Advent...the season of hope. The season of anxious waiting. The season of preparing for the coming of the Lord. I love Advent. It is filled with the hope of a promising future. The end of Advent is the summation of one of the most awaited prophecies. The birth of the Savior. The One. The Great I Am. He who will lead us out of the desert into the promised land and eventually fulfill the prophecy of dying for our sins and then the greatest prophecy of all...coming again to bring us home.
The world is truly messed up. Things are crazy right now. I'm sure my parents felt the same way in the turbulent '60's. Sometimes I do wonder if we aren't traveling a fast road to the end times. No one knows. Which is why we have to always be ready. We have to make way for the coming of the Lord...every day. Advent, more than any other season, brings this home. Prepare ye the way of the Lord!
Even with all the ugliness in the world, I am still hopeful. Hopeful that each of us in our own way can bring God's grace to this world. That we can be that light, the candle in the darkness for those who have lost their way. Through our actions we can fill the world with grace and peace. It starts with each of us. If we carry Advent in our hearts throughout the year we can fill a dark world with light. We can prepare the way of the Lord.
If we choose to live in the Light we can change the world. We can do it.
The Lord is coming. Prepare ye the way of the Lord!
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Luke 2: 8-14