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Yesterday marked the first Sunday of Advent. For Christians, the beginning of Advent marks the four weeks leading up to Christmas. The root word is Latin, “adventus” meaning the arrival or coming. It’s this special time of the year when we remember and reflect on what Jesus Christ’s arrival in the form of a helpless newborn means to us. At that point in history, the Hebrew people had been looking forward to their promised Messiah for hundreds of years. Today, we are waiting expectantly for our promise of Christ’s return in the form of the second Advent. Just like the people of the Old Testament, we don’t know when Christ will come again, but we do know that He promises to be with us at all times if we acknowledge Him.
So in this busiest time of the year, with all of the holiday preparations and celebrations, as well as the busyness we experience getting ready for parenthood, or being in the midst of the hurricane that is raising small children, acknowledge your Father and what He has given to you. Hold tight to His promise.
But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” Luke 1:30-33
What a promise Mary was given! Here she was a young woman, not far from being a child herself, being told by an angelic being that she would carry the Savior of the world in her womb. Do you remember the day that you confirmed your pregnancy? A baby, formed by God, was being entrusted to your care. A little different than the scenario Mary faced I’m sure, but nonetheless a miracle. God has placed one of His precious children in your care. God has not promised you that caring for this child will be easy. He hasn’t said in His word that you will always feel prepared, or happy, or even rested. God’s promise is that He will never leave you, if you give yourself to Him. “Because she loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue her; I will protect her; for she acknowledges my name.” Psalm 91:14
“The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will fulfill the gracious promise I made to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. Jeremiah 33:14
In your home, are the halls already decked for Christmas? Was the Christmas tree up before Thanksgiving? I’m the odd man out in my household who wants to keep Thanksgiving separate from Christmas, but I’m losing the fight. This is the second year in a row that I’ve let our artificial tree go up before Thanksgiving. Alas, the decorations are still waiting to be hung!
In a culture that pushes Christmas by Halloween, it’s easy to get caught up in the Christmas countdown. We eagerly await this special time of the year, just as we wait for a baby to be born. Pregnancy is all anticipation, as we prepare for the moment in time when baby finally arrives. Once your child is in your arms, the milestone markers begin one after another – when will he first smile, roll over, sit up, crawl, walk, learn to read, get married?
It’s exciting and difficult to wait all at the same time. As Christ followers, we can trust in God’s timing for us, as well as for our children. It is His promise of perfect timing that has power and gives life.
Thank you for holding true to all of your promises. Although your ways may not always be clear to us, we can be confident that what You promise will come to fruition. You love us with a fierce love. As parent’s we know that kind of love – the desire to do anything and everything in our power to love our child well. It’s amazing to think that what we feel for our children is a reflection of what You feel for us. Thank you for sending your son, Jesus, into our messy world in order to make the promise of everlasting life a reality for each of us who are willing to receive your grace. This is the true meaning of Christmas. The real gift we all can unwrap this year. Amen.
The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel – which means, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23
God’s ultimate promise. He is with us. He is with you. It is ultimately why we have Christmas. God sent his son, Jesus, into this dark and harsh world as a tiny, vulnerable infant as the source of light and hope to us all.