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"In the desert prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.” – Isaiah 40:3 (NIV)

Are you ready for Christmas? I can’t tell you how many people have asked me that in the last few days. And I wonder, how do I answer that? Well, no I’m not ready if being ready means having presents bought for all my family and friends. (Anybody else with me?) However, if you’re talking about being ready to celebrate Jesus’ birth, I’m ready!

Have you ever thought about being ready in your heart for Christmas? Some churches and families celebrate a season before Christmas called Advent. Here’s the low down on Advent:

-Advent means “the coming or arrival of something important.” For us, it’s the birth of Christ, the Messiah, the Savior of the World, Emmanuel – “God with us.”

-In the church, the season of Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends at Christmas.
-The point of Advent is to prepare for the coming of Jesus. It’s a time of expectation and hope, looking forward to the fulfillment of God’s greatest promise.

With Christmas only a few days away, are you ready? Are you prepared in your heart for the coming of Christ? Have you thought about what this means for you? God Himself came down to dwell with us in the form of a baby who would save us and reunite us to God!! How cool is that?!? That ought to cause all of us to be ecstatic and jump up and down praising God!

If that’s not our response, then maybe our hearts aren’t ready for Him to come. Maybe we’re not ready to celebrate Christmas. After all, Christmas should be a huge celebration, a ginormous (gigantic + enormous) party for Jesus. Let’s ask God to help us be ready:

Father, please prepare our hearts for the coming of Your Son Jesus. I pray that we would understand what this really means for each of us personally. Thank You for this indescribable gift – for Jesus, our Savior, the Messiah, God with us. You’re awesome! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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