Saturday, December 23, 2006
4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT – DECEMBER 24TH, 2006
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for He has visited and brought redemption to His people. (Luke 1:68)
This date is the last day of Advent, Christmas Eve, and also is the first day of Christmas time.
As soon as Jesus was born, visitors began to come. First it was the shepherds. Then the wise men. Then Simeon and Anna. Then even the soldiers of Herod were sent to find Him. Together these visitors represent the people of every nation, coming by every possible path and conveyance to see Christ.
For all of us, the story behind these days can draw us in, and invite us to bring our lives to the mystery of how Jesus came into this world and why. Our best preparation for the Holy Night ahead and the Joyful Morning to follow is for us to reflect upon how he came. He came in the midst of scandal and conflict. He came in poverty. He was rejected before he was born. He was born in a feed trough. He was hunted down. And he grew up in obscurity.
He did not shun our world and its poverty and conflict. He embraced it. And he desires to embrace us today, in this day. Right where we are. Right where we are feeling most distant. Right were we are feeling least "religious" or "ready." If we let him come into our hearts to be our Savior these challenging days, we will find ourselves entering the sacred night and morning of Christmas "joyful and triumphant" as never before.
Go for a ride tonight and view all the colorful Christmas lights. See them as if you have never viewed such wonder before. Allow the lights to shine in your soul and give back to God any pain or hurt you harbor in your heart.
Come, Lord Jesus. Come and visit your people.
We await your coming. Come, O Lord.
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel. Lord, may we rejoice that Jesus Christ is born anew in our hearts and in our home. Amen
A BLESSED CHRISTMAS TO ALL
‘On Ya’ - ma