“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” Luke 1:32-33
It’s the second Sunday in the Advent season. This morning we lit the candle of preparation.
What are you preparing for...Christmas? And what is Christmas…A joyful time of celebrating a new birth? But what if you don’t feel much like celebrating?
Perhaps your time of preparation this Christmas season isn’t for something as joyful as a new birth.
Maybe you’re preparing for a lay off from your job. Perhaps you’re preparing to face the loss of someone very close to you who’s ill…a spouse, a sibling, or a child.
Maybe you’re preparing to do battle against cancer, or depression, or anxiety. Or perhaps you’re preparing to face the loss of your marriage, and with it, your hopes and dreams for the future.
This week I find myself reflecting back 29 years when my mother was preparing us (her family) to continue our lives without her. She knew she was losing the daily battle for survival against what was then a deadly disease…lymphoma.
Being young, I was shielded from the details, but I imagine these weren’t preparations she wanted to make that Advent season. She had a husband who loved her and three children, ages 15, 19, and 22, who she desperately wanted to see grow up into adulthood.
She knew that wasn’t going to happen, so she prepared by writing each of us a letter that would be given to us after she died. She and Dad planned Christmas that year. We would have Christmas whether she was there to share in it or not.
On December 10, 1983, she lost her battle, but the plans and preparations she made for our future continued.
Advent is a time of preparation. The preparation you’re engaged in may not be pleasant. But Advent is also a time of hope. A time of finding light in the darkness.
I pray that all of you reading this today will find a ray of hope in your time of preparation this year.
“The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.’ “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
Luke 1:30-33 (ESV)