“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for me and the gospel will save it.”
Growing up I spent most of my childhood sharing a room with my younger brother, David. Like most children at Christmas, we would lie awake on Christmas Eve and wait for morning to come when we could run downstairs and open our presents. We would even go to bed early in the hopes that this would make the morning come sooner. Our mother, wisely, always talked us out of this plan. But for boys our age, waiting was hard and the anticipation of the coming joy was exciting.
Probably almost everyone has a memory like mine of waiting and anticipating a happy event to come. What’s the longest you’ve had to wait for something? As adults we learn to wait more patiently but that doesn’t mean we like it.
Advent is about faith and patience. Advent is a time to be reflective, a time to listen for God’s voice. What are you waiting on God for this year? Advent is a good time to ask God what you can do for him. Surrender yourself to God and let him guide you in all things. Pray that he will show you the way he wants your life to go.
The gospel lesson for today calls for us to follow Christ, and live a Christ-centered life.
Prayer: Our Father, Help us to pause and pray for peace during this Advent season. May your grace be upon all people and may we so order our lives that others may see you in us. As we wait for the eve of your birth, give us patience. Renew us with the love of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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