Thanksgiving has come and gone. December is here. If you are like me, December is a time of preparing. It is preparing your home. Growing up, putting up Christmas decorations was always one of my favorite things. I loved setting out my few decorations in my bedroom. I remember decorating my dorm room in college each Christmas. Now I spend hours, or even days setting up my Christmas decorations. I think my sister and her husband share my love of Christmas decorating. After hosting Thanksgiving this year, once the other guests had left, we immediately decorated their new place for Christmas.
Besides decorating, we spend December preparing special meals, and desserts for friends and family. It’s buying and wrapping gifts for those we love. It’s going to special concerts, shows, and Christmas programs. December is about preparing for Christmas. All these things are added on top of what we already do in our daily lives. We have school, work, family, friends, and all the other things. With all of this going on, December gets very busy.
It is sometimes hard to remember there is time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is the season of Advent. When I think about Advent, I think of John the Baptist. There are many prophets who tell about Jesus’ coming in the Old Testament. John is the messenger about Jesus that comes right before his arrival. John is telling everyone to get themselves ready. The one who was more powerful than John, the Messiah they had been waiting for, was on the way and would be there any moment.
When John said get ready, he did not mean get your makeup and hair done. He did not mean find your nicest outfit and put it on. It was something much more important. In saying prepare yourself, I believe John is saying get your heart’s ready for Jesus’ coming. Get yourself spiritually ready.
There are some Bible stories that are meant for a specific group of people at a specific time. They don’t seem to speak to us today. There are others that are written for all people of all times. I believe this is one of those stories. It spoke to people in Jesus’ time, and it speaks to us today.
As you do all your preparations for Christmas, don’t forget what we are really meant to celebrate. During your busyness, I hope you remember to take time to prepare your heart for what is coming. Take moments to remember that Christmas is not just about the gifts, lights, decorations, food, or music. All those things add to it, but we need to remember why we celebrate. The Son of God, coming to us. It is remembering Jesus’ birth, and getting ourselves ready for his coming back for us someday.
On behalf of the congregation of Bdecan Presbyterian Church, and the Bdecan Ministry Team, I want to thank you for all that you give. Your time, money, and physical donations. Thank you for sharing our story with your home communities. We couldn’t do what we do without your help.
We want to wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a happy new year!
Blessings to you, and yours
Youth and Outreach Coordinator
Bdecan Presbyterian Church
My name is Joe Obermeyer. I was the Youth and Outreach Coordinator at Bdecan Presbyterian Church from 2013 to 20202.