"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has
prepared for those who love Him."
1 Corinthians 2:9
It seems during the weeks before Christmas we often here people asking each other, "Are you ready?" There are so many preparations being made for the holidays. Shopping, baking, writing out cards or the family newsletter, wrapping the gifts, and the list goes on. With a sense of intensity, people would ask~ "Are you ready?"
During Advent ~ while waiting~ the same question can be asked as we prepare for the coming of baby Jesus. We take time to pause in this busy season and bring our focus back to the birth of our Savior by asking, "Are you ready?"
This past week my mother-in-law died. At Thanksgiving Joel went to visit her and she told him she felt she would not live very long. When Joel asked her why, she said she did not know, but felt it was true. As they sat at his brother's lake home overlooking the woods and water, he asked her, "Mom, are you ready?" She replied, "Yes, I am ready to go when the good Lord decides it is time." It was not much longer before she was welcomed home by those who went before her. This year she will be celebrating Christmas in Heaven!
I have been pondering Joel's question to her, especially during this time of preparing for the birth of our Savior. A Savior who came to save the world. Mom T. knew she would go to Heaven. She was ready for death because she new about life everlasting. She was ready. She was at peace.
While we shop, wrap, and bake....while we celebrate with special church services, carols and hymns, and advent wreaths and devotions, we prepare our homes and our hearts for Christmas. Yes, this is a good time to ponder a very important question for today and for our tomorrows. Are you ready?
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