These past few months, many friends have shared the joy of their wedding engagement and a few have shared the joy of becoming parents for the first time. With these events, there is always a sense of great expectation and they remind me of the expectation that we are about to embark in this season of Advent.
The opening excerpt from the Collect for the First Sunday of Advent points us in the right direction: Gant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming …
Running requires determination and an unbroken intent to reach a destination! Our running to Christ fills us with this sense that nothing is more important than knowing Him and encountering Him now – who is the very source of why we even breath. Even before we come to meet Him at Christmas, we hear first of coming to meet Him at the end of time, as the just and merciful judge.
How central is Christ to you? How much of your life radiates the eternal light of Christ?
“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. 12-13).