Advent is a season of preparation – of getting ready. We get our homes ready by decorating them – trimming the tree and adding lights that shine in the dark hours of the night.
In Luke 1:5-25, we are invited to prepare our hearts and lives as well. For the child to be born to Elizabeth and Zechariah is the one chosen to prepare the people and the world to meet its Savior, Jesus – the son of Mary and Joseph. It’s time for us to share with one another what it means to prepare our hearts and our lives to welcome the birth of Christ again this year. What dark areas of our lives and our world need the light of Christmas the most?
Most of the ethical teachings from Scripture can be summed up by the Greatest Commandment: love God with all of your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself. We are taught, as Christians, to always do the right thing and to care for those in need. Joseph was a righteous man, according to Matthew 1:18-25 and was given a very big ask: To marry a pregnant woman and be the father to a child of whom he was not the father.
Obviously, God wants us to do the right thing as well. But from time to time, we – like Joseph – might be asked to do something incredibly difficult. How would you respond to an angel asking you to do something amazing even if it is costly and seemingly outrageous?
Christmas is exciting—it’s not just the kids who have a countdown. But Advent is a season of waiting. For four weeks we’re preparing for the arrival of a child who will change our whole world. Pastor Michael Bowman says we need to sit with that. Learn to find fulfillment in the waiting in a come-and-go Advent Study at 6:15 p.m. in Room 144.
From your kitchen table or around your Christmas tree, join Pastor Robert Mercer and your church family via Zoom each Thursday of Advent from 6:30-7:30 p.m. as we discover how our faith tradition can help us see the birth of Christ in new and inspiring ways. This study began December 1 but it’s not too late to jump in.
How do you stay grounded? Fellowship and study with scriptural roots can help. Coming up: Prepare the Way of the Lord (an Advent study). Join this group on Fridays from 7-8:00 a.m. beginning Dec. 2. Email KC Nolen.