Four weeks until Christmas! We are gearing up here in tropical Belize. The nights are getting cooler, the tree is up and the baking has begun. Our family loves Christmas and all the yearly traditions it brings.
We're a family that embraces the fun and imagination of Santa Claus, while still trying to keep our focus on the real meaning of Christmas. Let me tell you, it's not easy! The movies and music about Santa are fun, silly and adventurous. They easily outshine the miracle of Jesus' birth when it comes to grabbing our attention.
So, as we deck the halls, I am also doing what I can to quiet myself and connect to God. Observing Advent is a good vehicle for reflection, leading up to Christmas. Advent is a season of the liturgical year observed as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for both the celebration of the Nativity of Christ at Christmas and the return of Christ at the Second Coming (Wikipedia). The first Sunday of Advent, which was this past Sunday, is the day of reflection on Christ's second coming. Good things, no, GREAT things to come!
“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me,
and I will give to each person according to what they have done."
If I meditate on all that Christ embodies, news of His coming is miraculous, wondrous and awe-inspiring. He brings peace, joy, love. He rights wrongs, defends the innocent, heals the sick. He defeats the enemy and stands up for the oppressed. In my life I strive to be more like Him, to be more of what He is, to allow Him to work His purposes in me. But to have Him here in the flesh! What a glorious adventure that will be!