Recently, our daughter, Maggie, came home from college to spend the week with us. She is a freshman and it has been hard for me to be away from her ... in fact, I had not seen her in almost a whole month!
The day she was due to arrive, I had a hard time concentrating. My mind constantly wandered, looking forward to the time that I would greet her that evening. My wife cleaned the house in anticipation of her coming. I went home from work early to be sure that I wouldn't miss her arrival. And when the time drew close, I went out on the front porch and waited to see the car come down the driveway with her in it!
This longing to see, the excited preparation, this joy of anticipation is what the Advent season is all about. During this special time, let us fix our on eyes on Jesus and look forward with earnest expectation to the celebration of His coming. And let us always be ready to receive Him.
It was so good to see Maggie face to face when she came home. It will be beyond our wildest imagination to see Jesus when He returns, or when we go home to meet him in heaven. While we are here, during this season, let's prepare by looking forward to celebrating His first coming this Christmas.
David Wills is President of National Christian Foundation in our Atlanta office. His passions are centered on generosity and eternity, and he therefore invests his time helping others "lay up treasure in heaven" (Matthew 6:20).