Everywhere we look, we see images announcing the coming of Christmas. Colors abound, lights cover fences, trees, houses, windows. A few nights ago, I even saw an old pickup truck covered with lights.
Stars and snowflakes, Santas and reindeer cover the store shelves. The sparkly, tinsel-covered things announce the coming of Christmas. But I wonder, what announces the coming of Christ, the most miraculous coming of all?
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
For you will go on before the Lord to prepare his ways;
To give to His people the knowledge of salvation
By the forgiveness of their sins,
Because of the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Dayspring from on high will visit us,
To shine upon those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace.”
From Luke 1
May the announcement of Christ’s Advent be a renewed spirit of giving to those in need, melodies of joy to the world, extraordinary acts of kindness one to another, gifts of hope that mark this season, and the opening of our hearts to the way of peace.
These are the images I pray to see during this advent season.