Sunday, November 29, 2015 HOPE
“The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’” Jeremiah 33: 14-16, NRSV.
Come to the manger? I do not even have time to shop for groceries or hang with the kids, how can I come to the manger? Maybe those are your thoughts as we enter into this season of Advent: A season of waiting—a season of wishing—and a season of preparation. Here we are again, anticipating another season of Advent, which means preparing for Christmas, which means more work in getting ready. Sometimes it feels that we just cannot do it all. Or, maybe you are not in a position of wanting more time, but you are in a season of wishing for Christmas of the past; a time when the entire family was home. Maybe you are wishing loved ones who used to be with you could be with you once again.
Sometimes we can become so wrapped up in our own needs, wants, and desires that we forget that it is up to us to prepare our hearts to welcome the Christ Child. How do we prepare our hearts? How do we present ourselves at the manger of the baby Jesus? It begins right now, in this season we call Advent, which means “the coming.” What is so special about this season? We are waiting for the promise of God to be fulfilled. Yes, we know it was and is fulfilled in the Christ Child—the anointed one. But, is there something more? Could it be that the promises of God are really for me? Maybe, just maybe, there is a promise for me this Advent season. What promise could you look towards that would make you feel like a giddy child all over again?
Prayer: Open my heart, Jesus, so that I might be expecting you to enter in. Open my eyes, Lord, that I might see you with fresh eyes. Open my ears, Lord, so that I might hear your voice. Open my mouth, Lord, that I might speak your praise. Open my spirit, Lord, that I might receive you anew. Amen