Sunday, November 28, 2021

Best Gift

“Brothers and sisters: May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we have for you, so as to strengthen your hearts, to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. Amen.” 1 Thessalonians 3:12

Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Most of us miss Advent and go straight to Christmas. My husband was a stickler for observing Advent when we got married, and I could not put up a Christmas tree till really late in December. But the ‘advent’ of our son Josh changed that, and we put up the tree for the little boy who was fascinated with the lights.

But Advent and Christmas are not all about the decor, the lights, the gifts, the food, but more about what goes on in our hearts. We are in an in-between time, in between Christ’s first coming when He arrived as a babe in a manger, and His second coming. We do not know when Christ will come again. Meanwhile, we are to be watchful, ready, and waiting. Jesus likens us to servants waiting for the master who has gone on a long journey. The master has placed his servants in charge, each with his own work, and orders the gatekeeper to keep watch over the property. What is our work, do you think? Is it to be a mother, a teacher, a garbage collector, a chef, a congressman, a businessman? Whatever our role is in society, we need to do that to the best of our ability, using all the resources and gifts God has given us. But when our Master left, He gave us clear instructions to be good stewards of all these material blessings. We need to build His Kingdom here on earth. Before He left, He ordered, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” If we’re a mother, we need to spread the gospel in our children’s hearts and minds. We need to be an example of love and generosity to all we meet. If we’re a manager, a teacher, a cook, etc., we need to be vigilant, and offer to God the best Christmas gift of all, ourselves! 

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