Friday, Third Week of Advent

So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.
—Matthew 26:12

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
—Ephesians 2:10

A Season of Preparation

We are in a season pregnant with "preparation," physically, emotionally, professionally, academically. Whether for exams, gift giving, apprehension at a new year — Jesus' birth — we make adjustments to get things "in order" and ready for what lies ahead.

The theme of preparation is paramount throughout Christianity. God often instructs, and/or people are proactive to prepare for events that are near. Many of us are or have already prepared for the winter break, the gifts we need to get, the places we want to go, and the music and people we want to surround ourselves with — for the season. Every year during this time, I wonder what type of preparations were Mary and Joseph making? How were they making themselves ready for the blessing of this child that was to be called Jesus, Emmanuel? Surely, there was some trepidation, but I am also sure there was much prayer, excitement, and joy. In all the preparations that I am making, I endeavor to remind myself about the purpose and joy of this Advent season — it is to prepare my heart, my mind, my spirit, for the wonderful and true gift of Jesus!

So in all that we do in our daily lives, let us be encouraged and resolute to not lose sight this Advent season in preparing for the one who we will call Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God!

—Ketura D. Brown ‘04