Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all the people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken. Isaiah 40:5
If the Prophecy Candle on the advent wreath urges us to listen, the message of the Bethlehem Candle might well be: "Prepare!"
It's a word most of us are familiar with as these days before the Christmas celebration increase in their intensity. There is so much to do! And so much less time to do it in! In the midst of the quickening pace, maybe you can hear yourself panting, "Will I be ready?"
But it is more than Christmas we prepare for. Look at the Advent wreath. Just that quickly, it is now twice as bright as it was before! Almost as if to say, "Open your eyes; be aware of what's really going on."
What's really going on? The Lord is coming, that's what! Just as surely as he once came to Bethlehem (which was not prepared), so surely he is coming again. The circles of light have doubled to help us open our eyes.
Two flames, soft and yellow like straw, light as down,
Prepared in a manger in Bethlehem town,
Now wait for a baby, the King of the earth.
Our Savior is coming! Prepare for his birth!
If you knew--for sure--that you would die tonight, what would you do today?
Today, as every Sunday this post will be linked to Saint and Scriptures-Sunday at The Kennedy Adventures.