Did you receive a Thanksgiving invitation this year? I guess all of us who regularly have the chance to gather with family and friends for the holidays take it for granted. The wonderful smells of the holiday meals, the laughter filling the house, and everybody catching up with events in each other’s lives make the holidays so special.
But today Thanksgiving weekend comes to an end and all those happy get- togethers must break up. Roads are packed with travelers scattering their separate ways. Of course in a few short weeks, we’ll hear a new invitation: “Come on up for Christmas!”
The church is sending out its own invitation this Advent. In the next few weeks people in churches all over will be decorating, learning parts for the Christmas pageant, and practicing anthems for Christmas Eve. We are doing all of this because we want to invite you to come on up for Christmas as together we will celebrate our Savior’s coming.
This invitation is unlike any other that you will receive. You will not have to worry about getting stuck at the kids table or not having enough mashed potatoes. There is room for all and your cup will overflow with wonder and amazement.
That’s what Advent is all about, and that’s what these Advent devotions are all about. We will recall why the Lord Jesus came down from heaven so long ago. We will recall that the only way we can call heaven our home was because Jesus took our guilt and sin upon Himself and suffered and died in our place. Then, putting our faith in Christ, we will join our brothers and sister in Jesus Christ in joyful expectation as we journey on together. So light the first Advent candle, and accept our invitation. Prepare the way of the Lord.
THE PRAYER: Gracious and Loving God, thank you for the opportunity to gather with family and friends. Thank you also for always being there for us even when we might not see you there. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.