Preparing our Hearts & Minds

As we prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of Christmas, we are in the midst of the Season of Advent.

Advent is a time of expectation and anticipation of the birth of baby Jesus and also a time of anticipation that Jesus will come again. It is a time of hope – we are hoping for the fulfillment of the promise that God made to us that Christ will come again to redeem us and that humanity will be reconciled to God.

As we celebrate the season of Advent we are living counter-cultural to the world around us. As Christians, what do we hope for? The world around us is expecting Christmas – the gifts, the parties, the sales, the baking, the stress and all the traditions. While Advent is intended as a time to slow down and to reflect, the commercial world has already been decorated for Christmas since Halloween. Luke 21:25-36 talks about Jesus’ second coming. In the second coming of Christ, we have hope of a better world. Instead of being afraid of Jesus’ second coming, we are hopeful that all who are oppressed and all that is broken in this world will finally be made right. Justice and righteousness will prevail and there will be no more homelessness, no more abuse, no more fighting, no more political tug-o-war. The world will all be at peace and we will all be worshiping the One who has come once again to redeem us all – the One who died on the cross for our sins and the One who sh