Good Morning November 22

In the church’s liturgical calendar, the long Pentecost Season is over and we are beginning Advent, looking forward to the coming of the promised Messiah. Advent always has a two fold meaning, celebrating the birth of Christ, and looking forward to His coming again to reign as King. Much of the Old Testaments prophets spoke in this same tone, the immediate promise of Immanuel, God with us, and the more distant time of the conclusion of all things at the end of God’s plan for earth. We have now been a long time in the first coming of our Lord, a time of ministry, sharing his gracious love throughout the world. Jesus left us with the word to watch, to be expectant each day, that this could be the day of His coming. In that expectancy, to prepare our hearts for the joyful promise of coming into the presence of the living Christ. Advent is a time of preparation, above all a heart preparation of looking for and long the coming of our Lord.