“We’re ready for Christmas, not when we have all the gifts, but when we are ready for Christ – when we’re ready to give all of ourselves to Christ.” – Ann Voskamp
In our service each week we have a call to worship. A time to prepare your hearts for worship, a response time, a time to respond to the Word, and worship all that we have heard and experienced.
The advent (not a word used in my protestant upbringing) is referring to the days leading up to Christmas, and is much like our call to worship time. Advent is preparation time. A time to prepare our hearts to respond on Christmas to the arrival of Jesus, the God/man, who would deliver us. To prepare our hearts to celebrate the entrance of the gospel into the world, without which, we would be lost. That perfect gift has been given!
As you prepare your home, prepare your heart! Clean out the dusty corners where stale crumbs of yesterday hide and breed an apathetic attitude toward the mission of living and working for Christ and His kingdom. Purge the old wrinkled bows and broken lights, purge your heart of idols that have silently and surreptitiously risen above the King and His call on your life. Ready your heart for sacrificial reconciliation. The entrance of Jesus to our broken world required the ultimate sacrifice, and yet we will hardly give up a ham sandwich. True reconciliation cannot be done apart from the beautiful birth of Jesus.
Like a child on Christmas morning, be filled with the awe and wonder of the Christ. With child like joy, rejoice in Emmanuel, God with us. Sing and laugh and dance for joy…
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
-Pat Reed (A beloved of Jesus. A wife, a mother & grandmother. A worshiper. A cancer survivor. Passionate about seeing the lost come to Christ.)