Are you ready?
Are you ready for the season that is ahead of us? What are the things that spring to mind, as you think about the weeks that are left in 2017?
I imagine that many of you, reading this message, have already done much to prepare for gatherings and celebrations. Some of you might be looking forward to getting together with family and friends that you haven’t been able to see for a while. Others might be preparing gifts and surprises for loved ones, to bring some fun to this season. Perhaps there are even some who are dreading all the hustle and bustle and busyness of the days ahead.
But I also wonder whether your mental check-list of preparations includes making time and space in your life for hope. What are the things that you would wish for your family and community, if you let yourself dream that the holidays ahead are filled with real gifts (and not just presents)? What are the ways in which you wish the world could be different, if only God’s presence could fill every heart?
Are you ready for Advent? Are you ready for our season of hoping and waiting?
In the name of our coming Prince of Peace,