Advent, Day 7 & 8


Happy 2nd Sunday of Advent. This week is all about preparation. What are we doing to prepare for Christ’s return?

This morning in church our pastor, Gyle Smith, spoke about Simeon and Anna. 700 years prior it had been prophesied that the Messiah would come and Simeon and Anna had spent their days in preparation of his arrival. Anna spent YEARS in the temple fasting and praying and waiting. I can’t even say that I’ve spent days? hours? preparing for His return. Their preparation was not in vein. I wonder at what the fruit of our preparation will be!

“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”
Luke 2: 29-32

Josh and I talked tonight of how our time in this life is itself preparation. In light of eternity, is the good in this life not just a taste of things to come?

“And as He spoke, He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

― C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle

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