Jesus is coming, Jesus is coming, prepare the way!

“Jesus is coming, Jesus is coming, Jesus is coming, prepare the way!”

These are words that the choir has been singing as we prepare to sing during the Advent season.  They are from the piece “Advent Celebration” and I love these other words from the same song: “See the hope that wakes the day.”  In these days of physical darkness we look forward to the days growing longer and we appreciate the light that Christ brings into our lives.

During Advent the simple words of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love will take on new meaning for us as we prepare for the coming of Jesus.  We prepare our hearts to hear the familiar Christmas story anew and we prepare our lives for Christ to enter in.  Jesus came as a baby in Bethlehem to live with us, to love us, to die for us and to conquer death on our behalf.  Jesus comes to us today in the Word of God and in the sacraments of Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  In faithful expectation we look forward to that time when Jesus will come again to reign in love. 

“Hope” Sunday is on November 30 and we will have prayers and anointing for healing that day.  “Peace” Sunday is December 7 and we will hear the words from Isaiah, “Comfort, O comfort my people” which speak peace to our troubled hearts.  “Joy” Sunday is December 14 and joy will fill the sanctuary at 11:00 am when the children bring us the story of Christmas.  “Love” Sunday is December 21 and we will hear of God’s love for the world in songs and music.

My prayer for you this Advent and Christmas season is that you take time to prepare your heart through regular devotion and pray for Christ’s coming.  In the midst of the busyness of shopping, baking, wrapping and mailing, remember the story of God’s love for the world. It is God’s love that brings hope and joy and peace into our lives. 

May the peace of Christ be with you,

Pastor Jocelyn