Scripture: 1 Peter 1:13-25
Key verses: (13-16) 13Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed. 14Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance. 15Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; 16for it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
Reflection: It’s almost time again. Christmas is just around the corner, and coming fast. If you look around, it’s already arrived in the stores and public spaces. Here at the church we drag our feet some, insisting on four weeks of Advent waiting, to help us prepare. This year Advent begins this coming Sunday, and continues all the way through our morning service on the 24th. Some of us love that time of slow building anticipation. We need the reminder that light begins in darkness, and is sometimes hard to see at first, and in order to fully appreciate it, you have to wait and watch the light grow. Others get impatient and want to jump into joy and baby Jesus and spend as much time rejoicing as possible, because God knows the message of light breaking into darkness needs to be remembered every day.
Honestly, the older I get the less the whole Advent/Christmas timetable debate seems to matter. If we all keep our focus on Jesus, if we “set all our hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring” when he is revealed, then we will all get to the manger and the good news eventually. Whether we walk slowly towards Bethlehem, or run headlong and breathless, it is the Christ child who makes our journey holy. We might even find he is making us holy too, if we pay attention.
Prayer: Lord, I wait again for your arrival. Help me keep my eyes on you. Accompany me on the way to Bethlehem this year. Make me holy, as you are holy. In your name I pray. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].