Every night we would have an advent dinner, a reading, a prayer, and light the advent wreath. I thank my parents for helping me realize that Christmas is not just a time for presents, but a much joyous time of love and family and reflection. Truly, I love the advent season the most.
Normally, my mom sends us out daily advent readings and meditations. Due to a very hectic work load, she has apologized to us that she may not be able to keep up, but has asked that we might volunteer to do it ourselves. She provided a site for us to follow the readings, here. This winter, I will do my best to read and write my own meditations. My brother will also be doing his meditations and, if interested, if you can read them here
Today's reading comes from the Book of Jeremiah, 33:14-16
The days are coming, says the LORD,
when I will fulfill the promise
I made to the house of Israel and Judah.
In those days, in that time,
I will raise up for David a just shoot;
he shall do what is right and just in the land.
In those days Judah shall be safe
and Jerusalem shall dwell secure;
this is what they shall call her:
“The LORD our justice.”
The first week of advent is all about WAIT. As a child, waiting for Christmas is harder than hell. 21 days until Christmas? 21 days until pressies? HOW CAN I WAIT THAT LONG! As a college student, it became a wait until classes were done, and finals were over. The countdown was for the day when the dorms would close and we could return to our families and relax for a month. As an adult, it becomes a time of stress - bills to pay off, presents to buy, vacations to plan, etc.
In all of this, it's easy to forget what we are REALLY waiting for: The arrival of Christ the King, The Lord of Justice, our redeemer. I tend to lose track of the days, and all of a sudden Christmas is upon me, and I haven't given enough time to think about what it means: God's promise of his Son, God's gift of love to us.
So let us take time this week and take time to "wait." Instead of rushing through our day, take a little time out and remember what it was like to count down the days until Christmas, the excitment that it brings, and the joy that fills us knowing that, in a few days, we celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus.