But now that we are all grown up and have put most childish thoughts aside, we have every reason to be just as excited, in fact more so, than we were during Christmas long ago. Tomorrow marks the first Sunday of Advent, the first season of the new church year and the beginning of a period when we anticipate the upcoming birth of the Christ Child. Just think about it. In just over four weeks we will celebrate that birth of the Prince of Peace, the Son of God who came to earth in human form to live and die for us and thereby offer us the ultimate gift, the gift of eternal life.
In the weeks ahead we will be busy getting things ready for the Holidays. And I know that it is easy to get so wrapped up in the preparations with the shopping, the planning of special foods for upcoming meals and the parties and gatherings with families and friends. But I hope we will all pause, take time to remember what Advent is all about, and give thanks daily for the opportunity that the joy and hope of Christmas means to each of us and our lives. It is something that should never be taken for granted, for it is something so Divine and so Majestic that only a loving and giving Father could even think of providing such a wondrous gift for we mortal sinners.
So enjoy the upcoming season with its festivities, lights and sounds, and smells and tastes, but remember that without Jesus Christ at the center of it all it is really meaningless. Without Him in our heart it is just another day and another shallow time. Put his love and joy in your heart and smile like you've never smiled before, because the change He will bring to you will give you a peace and an understanding that will let you rest and be glad.
Get ready, folks. The celebration of the greatest birth in the history of the world, the birth of a young child in humble circumstances who is the King of Kings is nearly upon us. Praise His Holy Name.