I have always loved the season of advent. I love the anticipation leading up to Christmas day, I love the glow of the candles on the advent wreath, and I love the remembrance of the birth of my Savior. As I've gotten older, I've realized that the season of advent is so much more than looking back on the birth of Christ and anticipating Christmas, it's also a season to look forward and long for the day that Christ comes again to gather His children home. Since I'm nowhere near family, I wanted to share in the advent season with all my friends and family who read this blog and light a virtual advent wreath with you all.
Preparation - Any proceeding, experience, or the like considered as a mode of getting ready for the future
The Candle of Hope has already been lit. What is to be done with that hope? As the second candle is lit, hope spurs the believer into preparing his/her heart and life for the Messiah. Many Israelites were preparing for a Messiah who would free them from their oppressors, restore their land, and rule over them with love. What they received was a baby, born in a manger. This small child didn't seem to be the fulfillment of their preparation. Those who understood scriptures, understood that Jesus was the full embodiment of the prophecies. Individuals like Anna and Simeon had prepared their hearts and minds to understand the nature of the Lord in such a way that they readily turned their lives over to a helpless babe.
We also are in a season of preparation. Our Messiah is returning. As children of God, we have to be preparing our hearts and lives to welcome our Savior at His return. We need to understand the nature of the Lord and His heart in order to truly prepare our selves for His return. Whether He returns in our life times or not; our thoughts, actions, and spirits should be so wrapped up in reflecting our Savior that others are drawn to Him through us.