What a season of reflection it has been! Thank you for joining me.
It’s been a season infused with the Word—made richer for looking back upon the miraculous workings of God.
Filled with the story of the coming of His Christ, we are indeed left astonished anew.
And now the season has come to pass, as has the year that housed it. And we begin again. A new year, fresh with perspective. (Hopefully, His perspective.)
Now that we’ve looked to the past, let’s look forward—by looking forward to His 2nd Coming.
As time moves us along, let’s go clinging to a critical teaching of Jesus and carry it forward.
But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’ (Mk 13:32-37)
What Jesus said to them, He says to all: Watch!
Watch is the word of advent. It is how we can ready for His arrival.
Make all of life an advent, a waiting for our Lord’s coming.
Jesus mentioned the four Roman watches of the night in this parable. While we don’t know where we are in those watches of the night in history’s timeline, we can know that we are most certainly further along than we once were.
We can live the life of the prepared by keeping watch. That doesn’t mean drop everything and wait, looking intently to the skies. Rather, it means we readily live with a vibrant hope . . . an active faith . . . an urgency to do His will.
My prayer for us for 2021? To live the year as His prepared—ready, watching, and ever-hopeful.
Trust God's daily grace is sufficient, dear one, by believing all He has already prepared.