The thought of preparing for another Christmas season brings a sense of hope, joy and peace. We are blessed to be in the position to celebrate yet another Advent season and Christmas Day. God has been good to us.
One important aspect of our celebration is the preparation. There is more, however, to preparation than shopping lists, bargains, parties, feasts and gifts. These have their place, certainly. But the preparation spoken of in Luke’s gospel is about attitude, openness and surrender.
It begins with an inner declaration that our lives are incomplete without the vitality of faith in God. This will determine the way we live in the world and how we respond to the issues of our day. The attitude of faith places God, our Creator, at the center of all we do in the world and how we handle our lives.
John the Baptist preached in the wilderness from this place of faith. That is, that God is ultimately in charge and not us. Faith says that there is something and someone greater than all we are and all we do. John’s preaching was a call to remember this and to surrender to the way of the Lord. When we do there is an openness to God’s plan and purpose for our present and our future. It is only then that we are prepared for the coming beauty of the meaning of Christmas Day.
Let us prepare!
Pastor Dumas A. Harshaw, Jr.