Ever since I was a child, I loved the Advent calendar. I loved counting down to Christmas. It is not that I loved all countdowns – I wasn’t as much into the countdowns to the end of school, or to vacation (as great as those are). The countdown to Christmas, though, that got me every year. It still does.
I love the Advent calendar – opening those tiny windows and reading Scripture each day as we await the Savior. It really helps me get ready for Christmas – the waiting. One of the reasons this season of Advent is so important is that it reminds us to wait, and how waiting can actually prepare us for the good things. We tend to wait less and less these days – and so we miss out on the work that waiting can do in our hearts.
Advent means “the time before” – this is our reminder that God’s people were waiting for the Messiah to come. “O come Immanuel and ransom captive Israel” – this is a song we hear in Advent – and it reminds us of the longing and the waiting. We are in the Second Advent – waiting for the King to come again. He came the first time, and He will come again. Christmas is a time not only to look back, but to look forward. Jesus taught a lot about what we should be doing in this waiting time (see Matt 24-25) – working for the Kingdom, ready to wait, helping those in need – and longing and looking for His return.
Christmas is in two weeks – the waiting is almost over! Open the little windows on the calendar with me as we wait. As we wait, God will be opening the little windows of our hearts – filling them with His peace.
Let every heart prepare Him room.