Get the Door!  

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”  Revelations 3:20

Isn’t this fast approaching season a wonderful time!  We eagerly anticipate all that it brings -that is, if we don’t let the strain of trying to put it all together get next to us.  We have to plan for the special gift for that special person (even one for the person we may not think is that special), the office party, choir practices, Sunday School party, children’s program, garden club, get the Christmas cards out, baking, cooking all the time, the trip to Grandma’s and on and on. So much to do and so little time to make it all come together! It is “Hustle – Bustle” time!  We even try to plan for the unexpected by purchasing and stashing an extra (generic) gift or two for that someone we may have forgotten.  Oh yeah, and don’t forget - cook a little more in case that unexpected guest shows up.

Unexpected guest? Who could it be? Uncle John or Aunt Essie? I know, maybe it’ll be that long lost cousin who wants to leave you that fortune he or she accumulated by hitting the right stock pick. Yep, that’s it, all right … Cousin Elmer is going to show up at the last minute and declare his intentions of leaving all his wealth to us.  We can anticipate being rich for a lifetime!  Oh the wonderful season of Christmas! How fortunate it would be if it did happen that way but in reality it only happens in our wildest dreams. 

But -hang on, there! … Isn’t that what the Advent season is calling us to do?  We eagerly wait and watch for the EXPECTED! We hear our Lord’s promise. We anticipate the guest. … Unexpected?  No, not this guest - for He will come again, as he promised!  His knock? It is for you and me - to let us know that even when we fail and fall short, He stands at the door knocking and bidding us to fellowship with Him. When he says, “Here I am!”  - He is not only telling us that he is the great “I am”, but that he will never stop knocking at the door and yes, greater than any gold or silver of any Cousin Elmer are his riches for you! As eager as we may be for this expected quest, our Lord is far more eager to share his kingdom with us.  

As the Advent season arouses our senses and awakens us to the love, mercy and grace given to us by our Lord Jesus, we eagerly await his return and rejoice as he reveals himself to us in Word and Sacrament - the foretaste of the feast to come.  By remaining in His Word and Sacrament we snuggle up to our Lord’s open arms. How eagerly we await the warmth of our “Expected Guest.”

Listen! Someone’s knocking at the door! Are you too busy to answer the door? Run … and open it! What a GUEST!  Come, Lord Jesus! 

God’s Peace,

Pastor Tom           

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