the nativityThe Christian Church observes the four weeks before Christmas as the Sundays of Advent.  It is a time of preparation for the celebration of Christ's birth, but even more the preparation of our hearts for the return of our Lord.

In this sense it is a preparation that cannot be confined to one season of the year, but should be a deepening desire all year long, for the physical presence of Christ among us.  This is a heart preparation, as the Advent Scripture lessons tell us, to be watchful and not grow weary, to deepen our longing for His coming, and to look to Him as our greatest hope, personally and for our world.

May you have a very blessed Advent and Christmas season, and may this be a time of deepening heart preparation for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.