Christmas season is full of preparation! We shop for gifts that we will give on Christmas morning, we wrap them, and we put them under our tree. At our house, to have a tree means we move furniture to make room, we go and pick out the freshest,best tree possible, and then decorate it with ornaments we have gathered over the years. We clean the house, we bake some cookies, and I’m sure you do many of these things, too. Preparing for a celebration that builds to December 25th.
That is what Advent is: preparation. Are we getting ready for the right thing?
So much of the Christmas story lets us know that preparations (getting ready for something) are important. God sent many prophets to tell the Jewish people about the coming Messiah many hundreds of years before he actually came.
God sent angels to tell people the messages which would help them get ready for understanding that their Savior had come.
There are many ways that we get ready for important events so we don’t miss them.
The Three Kings
There might have been more, but we like to talk about three as a way to imagine what these men from the East were like. We know they gathered together wealth because long journeys are expensive- especially in those times. They gave rich, and very costly presents to the Christ child; such matters require financial preparation.
They were called “Wise Men” and had studied the stars, as well as ancient writings. Their studies convinced them that they would find the Savior of the World at the end of their journey, and felt that their life’s work made this the most important event they would ever experience. They had prepared their hearts and minds to accomplish this one most cherished dream.
Preparing Our Hearts
We do not prepare anything else if we haven’t first prepared our hearts. Scientists know that the heart works like a brain, and it has plans and thoughts. These are the plans which drive us forward, the ones that are hidden inside our hearts. We can prepare the direction and strength of those plans by meditating, believing, and encouraging.[GARD align=”center”]