How many of you have ever played the game, “Hide and Seek”? Do you remember the game? Someone is “it,” and that person closes his or her eyes and counts to give time for the other kids
to hide. When the person who is “it” is finished counting, he or she must yell loud enough to warn all players that the search is beginning, “Ready or not! Here I come!”
In a real sense, the season of Advent reminds us that we must be ready for the coming of Jesus. Though I am writing during the week of Thanksgiving, my mind is very focused on the upcoming
Advent season. I love the season of Advent and the way we are invited to remember the gift of the Christ child and to prepare our lives since Jesus has promised to return to complete the work of establishing God’s Kingdom. Though we don’t talk often about this promise, knowing that Christ is present and will be returning ought to impact the way we live our lives now.
In an old Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, we find the little boy, Calvin, having a conversation with Hobbes, his stuffed tiger that comes alive in his imagination. Calvin says, “Live for the moment
is my motto. You never know how long you got.” In the second frame, he explains, “You could step into the road tomorrow and WHAM, you get hit by a cement truck! Then you’d be sorry you put off your pleasures. That’s what I say – live for the moment.” And then he asks Hobbes, “What’s your motto?” Hobbes replies, “My motto is – Look down the road.”
As we enter December, there is always much going on, and it is easy to get overwhelmed with details. Let us make time, however, to hear the invitation of Advent to look down the road and prepare ourselves spiritually for the coming of Jesus. Amidst all the pressures and activities, what can you do to make space to spend in the presence of God? What can you do to show others the kind of love you have received from Jesus? What can you give that will help others experience the blessings of the Christ child?
I look forward to walking through the season with you.