Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Luke 10:21 - 24
Be Open To The Joy He Has For Us
Have you ever seen a small child’s face when the Christmas tree lights up for the first time? (And the second…and the third…)
It’s enough to make you put your decorations up yesterday.
And there’s nothing wrong with that. Jesus was a little child once, and He loved children. He must get it honestly: Surely God also loves children since He created them!
“You have hidden these things from the wise and the learned,” Jesus prays, but “you have revealed them to the childlike.”
When you think of being childlike, what do you think of? Is it temper tantrums and whining? Or is it wonder and delight? Indeed, there is both; what God is challenging us to is to be open to the joy He has for us.
It’s appropriate that a season as momentous as Christmas — encapsulating the Incarnation of the God of the Universe — has a season of preparation. Great events need time for things to line up, and our minds need time to wrap themselves around the immensity of what’s coming.
Let’s not forget the praise that flows naturally when we’re childlike. Let’s not lose sight of the wonder God has given us. Let’s use this Advent time to embrace the gift we’re being given.
Thank you, Lord, for this time of Advent. Thank you for the wonder and joy that’s all around me and especially for the gift you have for me on Christmas Day.
SOURCE: Creighton University Online Ministries
Act of Kindness
In preparation for Christmas, clean your closet and toy chest and donate these items to a local organization (like Goodwill or the Salvation Army). Share the joy with those in need this Christmas season.