1 Thessalonians 3:12—4:2
Luke 21:25-28, 34-36
As Advent begins, we start seeing signs of the season all around us. Many signs are those we see in the shopping areas and on street lamps. Television specials and radio stations are telling us something is coming with their seasonal brand of entertainment. Children are starting to tell us more frequently what they want for gifts … and we try hard not to forget.
In our churches, we begin to see purple accents all around. We light candles on a wreath and sing certain songs reserved for only a few weeks a year. We hear of more devotions and chances to celebrate with our parish family.
However, in the wider world, the same signs remain: homelessness, violence, fear, isolation, and addiction, just to name a few. These are signs of a world that is broken and longs to be healed. These are signs of a people in need of a savior. That Savior came over 2,000 years ago and now watches over us as we yearn for His return. His return is coming. It could be anytime. The signs are in abundance that we need Him more than ever.
Daily advent challenge:
Reflect on how you need Jesus in all aspects of your life. How will you prepare yourself this Advent for Him to meet your needs more fully?