People everywhere are getting caught up in the trappings of the season. You may have up your Christmas tree, a wreath on the door, and some stockings hung by a fireplace. If you haven’t gotten to all that yet, perhaps you have an Advent wreath on your table or you are halfway through the chocolate in your Advent calendar. All of this exists, or at least should exist, to give witness to the reality of Jesus being born over 2,000 years ago. We can discuss how secular the season has become, but there is no argument that, without Jesus, there is no season as we know it.
Through our generosity we can proclaim to the world that Jesus is real. During this time of Advent, we are to be like John the Baptist leading the way for Jesus. Through our words and deeds, we have the chance to give others a small glimpse of who Jesus is by having the Jesus in us encounter the Jesus in them. We can’t let all of the trappings of the season exist without the message of who Jesus is in our lives. As Advent continues, may this season be a time for all of us to bring others a little closer to the reason for the season: Jesus.
Second Thursday of Advent Challenge:
Today, send a Christmas card, a personal note, or an email to someone you haven’t spoken to in awhile and tell them you are praying for them during this season. Then, of course, begin praying for them.