In the hustle and bustle of the world around us, Advent calls us to pause, to wait, and to prepare our hearts for the coming of the Light of the World. It is a season of hopeful waiting, a spiritual pilgrimage that allows us to connect with the ancient yearning of God's people for the promised Messiah. Just as the Israelites waited with bated breath for the fulfillment of God's covenant, we, too, find ourselves in a season of expectant hope.
In reflecting upon the joyous narrative of the Christmas story, I am reminded of a personal connection to the season. In the tapestry of my own life, there is a thread woven in the form of a childhood memory. As an youngster at Eastwood Baptist Church in Gatesville, Texas, I was bestowed the role of Joseph in the Christmas play. Yet, in my youthful desire for grandiosity, I secretly yearned to be one of the Wise Men, adorned in regal attire.
In this season of Advent, may the story of the Savior's birth in Bethlehem resonate with the childlike wonder that still resides within us. As we anticipate the joyous celebration of Christmas, let us carry this joy into the world, sharing the love and hope that emanate from the manger in Bethlehem.
Imagine, for a moment, stepping into the timeless scene of the Nativity. Picture the humble stable, the hushed gathering of people, and the palpable anticipation in the air. As you approach the manger, let the wonder of the Christ child captivate your heart anew. Share this imaginative experience with loved ones, weaving a tradition of reflection and awe-inspired joy.