“As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way.” Mark 1:2
For many people, this upcoming time of year is filled with decorations, music, parties, and shopping. But it is also Advent — a season where we can not only prepare our own hearts to celebrate the Christ child, but also help others prepare their hearts as well.
Scripture tells us that John the Baptist cried out passages from Isaiah about preparing the way of the Lord. He called the Israelites to return full heartedly to God, knowing another would soon come whose sandals he was unworthy to tie — Jesus, the Christ.
Perhaps we are not called to be John the Baptists. But we can spread the Christ-mass cheer in other ways. Smile with your eyes, over your mask, to the frazzled store clerk and call them by name if possible. They are often the brunt of many people’s frustration and selfish nature. We can treat them with dignity and care.
Be a friend to the poor. What if we take 10% of what we normally spend on gifts and give it to our church ministry programs? Maybe send Christmas cards with a Christian message to friends and family? Above all, let’s pray each morning that God will use us to shine the light of his love and joy in a dark world.
Lord Jesus, come. As we prepare our hearts for you, open them to receive others as well. Let your light shine through the pre-Christmas season’s hustle and hassles. Keep us focused on the main thing — celebrating you. Help us to point others towards you as well. Amen.
Throughout the day seek to glorify Jesus through your attitudes, sacrificial giving, or prayer.
By Julie Cosgrove
Used by Permission
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