Week beginning: 1st December, 2019 | By Peter Brown | Limavady
"It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him."Luke 12:35-40 (NIV)
Sunday 1st December marks the beginning of the season of Advent from the Latin word adventus meaning "coming". It is, a time of expectant waiting and preparation for both the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas and the return of Jesus at the Second Coming.
Practices associated with celebrating Advent can include keeping an Advent calendar, lighting an Advent wreath, praying an Advent daily devotional, erecting a Christmas tree or lighting a Christingle. Even for those Christians who do not celebrate Advent itself there are other ways of preparing for Christmas, such as carol services and setting up Christmas decorations.
Preparing for Christmas for most will involve working out a budget, deciding who is hosting Christmas Day and who is coming and present shopping.
In this passage Jesus tells us that it is imperative as Christmas approaches not to forget that it is more important to be ready for Christ this Christmas than it is to be ready for the time off work and spent with our nearest and dearest because, as Jesus reminds us, he will come at an hour when we do not expect him.
1. Pray that, despite the busyness of business in the run up to the holiday season, we will remember the reason for the season.
2. Pray that we, those we will be spending Christmas with and everyone else celebrating the incarnation will be ready for the Second Coming.