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Advent: Preparation Time

Advent is a time for us to “prepare” our hearts to celebrate the amazing event of the incarnation; an event we would not have anticipated or guessed in some respects. 

Watch this short video (for December 14th) from the UK Christian website, Damaris, which seeks to ready our hearts to consider once again the wonder of our God becoming human:

http://www.damaris.org/christmascountdown/

I am amazed to see how many people around me, here in Europe, can so easily “miss” Jesus as they are preparing for the festivities of this holiday season, just as those in Jesus’ day missed the Messiah.  If I am honest, I can find myself as well swept up by all the activity and “miss” Jesus and the “kind of Messiah God planned to give to the world.”  I can miss taking the long view and forget that the small child in the manger would one day cry out, “It is finished,” giving up His life as an exchange for my freedom, my redemption.

“Time to prepare.”  I need that time at this “time” of the year.  May our preparation time lead us to the manger, to the cross and to the empty tomb.

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