Traditionally, this time before Christmas is called Advent.  It is intended to be a time when we prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus.  Have you ever used an Advent calendar?  It is used to help children prepare their hearts for the coming of Jesus at Christmas.  Every day a window is opened to inspire and bring expectation.  Traditionally, it would have a Bible verse or little devotional message or picture to teach about Jesus.  Plus, it kept us aware and excited of the shortened time until His arrival.

I think it would be wise for us to practice the Advent calendar tradition every day in our hope and expectation for Jesus next coming.  For some, He will come immediately to receive us at our physical death.  In that last Lord’s day, He will. come back to earth again in the clouds as King.  Either way, it is good to prepare for His coming.  We should think of Him every day and open the window of His Word to inspire us every day!  And we should walk out our day in joy because we know Him and we know that He is with us.

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!  Let earth receive her King!  Let every heart prepare Him room!  And heaven and nature sing!

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