Are You Ready?

And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Luke 2:16-20

That seems to be a common question as we draw closer to the Christmas season. Obviously, stores and shopping centers are ready. Many of them were ready for Christmas before Halloween.
That question carries many connotations. For some, it may imply the need to purchase Christmas presents, wrapping up any shopping before the big day. Others, it might mean getting all the lights strung and decorations hung. In church, it means preparations for various gatherings, parties, services, etc.
Safe to say this is a busy time of year.

My grandfather had the best retort to the question “Are you ready?” Whenever asked that question, he responded, “I’m always ready.” To him, the lights, gifts, and gatherings are all good things, but the preparation for Christmas has to occur all year. He explains that to be ready for Christmas is really to prepare for the arrival of Christ, something that occurs on a daily basis.

Jesus is always entering into our lives, revealing more of the nature of God, helping us experience things fresh and new, and providing that saving grace we all require. To be ready for Christmas is to prepare ourselves for the arrival of Jesus Christ, not just once a year, but all the time.
So, when I’m asked, “Are you ready for Christmas?”, I always remember the words of my grandfather. To prepare for the coming of Christ is a daily preparation, because Jesus is always there, helping us each day to experience the love of God.

This year, may you truly prepare for Christmas … every day.

— Trent Sessoms