“Behold the days are coming says the Lord.” Is the start of the first reading today from the book of Jeremiah (23:5-8). The Old Testament is a beautiful reminder of the thousands of years Christ prepared us for His coming. Here we are a week from Christmas. The malls are full and the stockings are hung. The lines are long and the chaos great.
I am not sure how all of this makes us anticipate more, perhaps only stress out more! What is it that we can do to feel that sense of anticipation? The church gives us advent candle and the weekly lighting, to watch the weeks come closer. The words of the liturgy are all about anticipation and waiting for the Lord, both His birth and His second coming.
At my house I have a Jesse Tree that holds 30 days of Old Testament stories leading up to the birth of Christ. My son and his wife have a wooden calendar that has doors that open to reveal a gift in anticipation of the greatest gift! Jesus is not present in our nativity, so we will wonder at His arrival!
What is it that you do to anticipate the coming of our Lord? If you can’t think of something off hand, perhaps now is the time to start! How will you take the next week and make it have a sense of anticipation and wonder? A Jesse tree. or a scripture reading? Make one new tradition that makes Christ be the most anticipated gift this Christmas!!
Merry and Blessed final advent week, may your anticipation of our Lord’s coming bring wonder and awe to your Christmas!!