Thought of the Day December 5, 2016

By 10:05 AM

"A highway will be there, called the holy way;....It is for those with a journey to make, and on it the redeemed will walk." (Isaiah 35:8-9) Advent is a journey, both externally and internally. Externally, we are on the road to Bethlehem to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. Internally, we are seeking to uproot in our heart those things which would block us from welcoming and celebrating with the Lord, when he comes afresh. At the same time, we are preparing to share with him the gifts of our love. Without the internal preparation, the external journey will make no sense. Christmas will be one day, at the end of which we are glad it is over and can't wait to take down the decorations. There was much external hype, but no lasting depth. This in not why we make the journey each year.  Instead, like the Shepherds and the Wise Men, we not only experience the Lord, but our life is to be changed. This is why he came and why he comes again. Come, Lord Jesus, Come!

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