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Great Expectations

“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him.” Luke 12:35-36

The office where my wife works has a lot of windows. At her corner desk, she has them on each wall. Her coworkers have windows too. It would be nearly impossible to sneak up on her and surprise her. She’s ready to greet me even before I get through the door.

One of the words that jumped out of the text was the word “immediately.” The servants could respond quickly because it was the moment they had been waiting for. You can sense their eagerness for his return – a chance to finally rest, or hear about his trip or know that he’s a good master and he often returns with gifts. They were ready!

I don’t know about you, but Thanksgiving and Christmas can be a really busy time of year. Traveling, shopping, programs and decorating add to our schedule. All the busyness can end up being a distraction to what this time of year is really all about. Thankfully there are several things that can help bring the focus back into our life. Something that our family gets to participate in each year that helps build a Christ-focused anticipation of His arrival is Advent. The services and the daily devotions are helpful reminders of what is to come. Advent has a way of creating that eager watchfulness while we wait patiently. As you enter this busy time of year it is my hope that this passage is a reminder of the great things that are yet to come!

“Amen, Come Lord Jesus.”

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