Sunday, November 27, 2016

Preparing Our Hearts

The First Sunday of Advent

Advent literally means "coming" and this time, these days before Christmas are days spent in preparation for the day in which we celebrate the day of Christ's birth, his first coming.  It is also time to think about and prepare for His second coming.
On this first Sunday of Advent we lit the first candle and read this meditation.

But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

Then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory...But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

Keep alert; for you do not know when the time will the evening, or at midnight, or at dawn.  Keep awake.  (Mark 13:24-26, 32, 33, 35, 37, NRSV)

Such amazing things happen in the sky to herald the return of the Son of Man...
Jesus, coming in the clouds:
...the sun grows dark
  ...the moon doesn't shine
...and stars fall from the heavens

So different from the first coming more than 2000 years ago:
...with angels singing of God's glory and peace on earth
...with the single star guiding the way to the manger
...with shepherds and wise men - rich and poor - coming to worship

And so we watch, and wait, and stay alert, waiting again for the coming of Jesus.
And we light a single candle in preparation for that glorious day.

...And even if the sun should grow dark
...even if the moon refuses to shine
...even if the stars should fall from the sky
...we will have Jesus, the Light of the World, to shine brightly in our hearts, lighting our way.

So we are not just preparing our home but we are also preparing our hearts!

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