Friday, December 23, 2011 though preparing for a newborn baby...

When we heard we were pregnant, we prepared.  We made ready our lives for our little one to arrive.  We collected used clothing, we registered for baby items, and we read books and blogs on becoming parents.  We prepared because it was the responsible thing to do, but we also prepared for another reason.  Even before we knew Gwendolyn's name -- before we knew if she was a boy or a girl -- we loved our baby.  And we wanted to express that love in some tangible way.  It seems hard to express love to a being that you can neither touch nor see, but we couldn't help ourselves.  And so as an act of love towards Gwendolyn, we prepared.

If you've ever prepared for a baby, or have known someone preparing for a baby, you know that such preparations are contagious.

And so it must also be with our preparations for the Lord.

Our preparations for Christ should be just as (and more) contagious as are our preparations for a baby.
Christ came once as a small baby, and though Mary and Joseph prepared for His arrival, no one else really did.  We often think of the manger scene with fondness, but have you ever considered the tragedy of the nativity?  Here He was!  Our King -- our Savior -- come to earth, but where were the trumpets to announce His arrival?  Where were His people?

Jesus came to earth as a baby.
And we messed up.
We missed it.

But let's not forget: we have a second chance.

And so -- just as we tangibly prepare for the arrival of an infant -- we must also prepare -- make space in our daily eating-breathing-doing-working lives for our Savior's return.

"The one who endures to the end will be saved.  And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come... Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."

Matthew 24: 13-14, 44

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