Sunday, December 22, 2013

Bread For The Journey


Today is fourth Advent.

            As Christmas approaches, what preparations are you making?

               In our house we are preparing for the coming of our children and their families from their distant homes.

We're baking, cleaning up, making room.  
We've even done some renovations to make their visit more comfortable.
We've decorated the house and wrapped gifts.
We're asking ourselves, "What else do we need to do before they come?"

When those cars come up the driveway we will be running out with open arms 
to welcome them with joy!

These preparations are prompting other questions in my heart:
What am I doing to prepare for Christ's coming?
Am I cleaning away the dust and dry bits in my heart?
Am I making room for Him in the midst of all the busyness of my life?
Are there renovations needed to my attitudes and behaviour?
What kind of welcome am I planning?
Will I be waiting in eager anticipation to welcome Him in?

What does the coming of the King of Kings require of me??

MIcah asks this question in chapter 6 verses 6 and 8

6 With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the High God?
.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  (here he makes a list of things he thinks God might want him to bring)
The answer to his question follows:

8 He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you?
But to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

May He find me ready for His coming with a heart prepared
 and a joyous welcome as I run to meet Him.

8 comments:

  1. This is a lovely devotional reading for the Sunday before Christmas...thanks very much.

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  2. I love the comparison you make between the two kinds of Christmas preparations. It really hit home. I like the idea of housecleaning my heart to be ready for Jesus.

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  3. I really needed to read this. Thank you so much!

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  4. Beautiful.
    Colleen

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  5. Thanks so much for posting this today. It was right on. Went to visit my sister and her husband today and I shared it with them as we sat around the table. It was just the message that we all needed. irene

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  6. Thank you for this reminder and the warmest of wishes to all of you at this special time of year.

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  7. Thank you for this timely comparison, Bev!

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  8. Sis. I really appreciate this. I had been thinking about similar things as I got our home ready for our children and grandchildren. You articulated this so well.
    And indeed - your home and your heart were so hospitable to all of us. Thank you!

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