Advent 2021: Tuesday, November 30

November 30, 2021

Advent is a time of watching, waiting, praying and giving alms. We are to prepare our minds and hearts for the coming of our Lord on Christmas day. It is the time four weeks before Christmas.

Many, many years ago when I first got engaged, I remember a time of waiting. My Mother told me that she and my Uncle George had ordered something for me as an engagement/Christmas gift, BUT that it wouldn’t get there till after the holidays sometime in January. She gave me some hints, but nothing helped. I tried and tried to get her to tell me what it was. No matter how hard I tried, she would not give in. I asked all kinds of questions… what’s it made of? How big is it? What can I do with it? It just didn’t work. Nooooo! I had to wait.  

Waiting is not easy, no matter what we are waiting for—a gift, some news, medical test results. Waiting for the Messiah was that way for the Jewish people. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, very few people realized what was happening. Then the waiting was over. The Messiah was born. 

As Advent begins we should realize what is commemorated on Christmas and what He did for us. We need to get ourselves ready for His coming. Let’s focus on our coming Savior this Advent, born in a cave with all the animals, without Whom we can do nothing—not even breathe.

Donna Tyburski, elder