Advent helps us to expect and prepare for the yearly reminder of this miracle. Advent comes from the word adventus, which means “coming." In our instant society we must constantly relearn what it means to wait and prepare for something, We get annoyed when it takes more than a few seconds to heat something in a microwave!
Mary conceived Jesus miraculously and waited patiently for Him to be born (Luke 2). God could have just sent to earth a readymade person; instead, He chose Mary to carry Jesus and prepare for the birth. It was not a quick fix, but it was God´s commitment to humanity—from the cradle to the grave and beyond. The mother of Jesus knew there was an advent as Jesus was being born. The question was never about whether or not Jesus was the Savior of the world. He was and He is.
In light of this, what can we do this week to continue to prepare our hearts for the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ?
~excerpted from devotional by E. Rodemann
Preparing our hearts together...