Are we ready for Christmas? or Christ?

Marilyn Appleby

advent candleAs we enter the season of Advent, we acknowledge that this year it is looking very different from normal. Advent traditionally is when we prepare for the coming of Jesus. We prepare for the long-awaited Saviour at Christmas and also we await His second coming.

The questions being asked at the moment are, ‘Will Christmas be cancelled? How will it possibly feel like Christmas when we are not doing the things we usually do at this festive time, like parties, meals out, shopping? Will our families be able to meet up in the normal way? Will we be able to have our usual church services?’ All of these things do indeed have an impact on the nature of our Advent and Christmas experience.

However, Jesus is, as always, the central figure of Christmas. The 25th will happen regardless of everything else. I have read recently, ‘The first Christmas was a simple event—so it shouldn’t be a problem if ours is too!’ Since our usual preparations are stripped back, there remains more time to devote to preparing our hearts for the coming of Jesus, at Christmas and more importantly, in the future.

The call for us is simply to be ready. 

Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
Matthew 24:44