Waiting and Watching
I could be associating the above words with the liturgical season of Advent – but right now I am thinking about the weather forecast! We are watching and waiting on a big storm out in the west to see what it will do. Will it impact us and upset our lives and schedules? Will it draw everything to a screeching halt as people stay inside out of the nasty weather? Will it empty the shelves at the grocery store? We know how to prepare for a storm!! We have our hats and gloves, and coats. We have our boots, and shovels and milk and bread and candles and batteries.
But do we know how to prepare for Jesus? The Advent Season is about waiting and watching for the coming of Christ. We celebrate his first coming at Christmas. Advent helps us to prepare our hearts and homes for this celebration. It also helps us to think about his Second Advent. The Bible talks about Jesus coming again at an unexpected time. If Jesus came to your home tonight would you be ready to welcome him in? Would you share your coat and scarf and your milk and bread? Would you keep him warm and fed?
One of the ways we prepare is to spend some time in devotion and prayer. There are several great resources at the church and online for you to use to enjoy this Advent season either on your own or as a family. Jesus surely comes to upset our routines and schedules and to bring our very busy lives to a screeching halt as we bow in adoration and praise to the God of all creation. May you find the will and the way to wait and watch not only for the coming snow storm but for the coming Messiah.
To God be the Glory!