This is one of the times that the church speaks a much different message than the world. Since Halloween, and sometimes even earlier, the stores have been proclaiming “Merry Christmas” and the need to surround ourselves with the right stuff and give away the right stuff as Christmas gifts. However, if you go to worship at Grace or many other Christian Churches, it is not yet Christmas. December until Christmas Eve is marked by the holy season of Advent.
Advent is relatively short, only four Sundays and the days in between, to give Christians some time to spiritually reflect, prepare, and wait for the Festival of Christmas. it is a time to contemplate the “Word made flesh” in Jesus Christ, as He came to the world. It is an opportunity to think about what the second Coming of Christ in majesty and glory will be for us, an event to which according to Scripture no one but God knows the day and hour. It is also a time for us to think about what Jesus might be calling us to do in this in between time between his first and second comings, and then to set ourselves about the holy business of doing it!
Advent is a time of promise– not ours, but God’s. It is a time for peace, the peace which surpasses all human understanding. It is a time for hope– that God’s Kingdom that we pray for so earnestly for in the Lord’s Prayer will indeed one day fully occur “on earth as it is in heaven” We can also give “glimpses of the Kingdom today” in our words and deeds. Promise, peace and hope– doesn’t our world really need those things? There are no greater gifts for us to gain!
So I invite you to come to Grace to reflect and pray in this holy season of preparation. Then come again on December 24th, Christmas Eve, at 4 pm, 6:30 pm, and 9 pm as we celebrate the wondrous birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Come into my heart Lord Jesus, there is room in my heart you thee!”
Looking forward to seeing you!
+ Pastor Dave Lutcher