By John Grimm
Every year it seems like Christmas comes before we are ready. We are going to work. We are doing our daily and weekly routines at the store, with our family, and with the church. Suddenly, there it is. It is Christmas (again)! How did we not notice it creeping up on us?
Jesus warned the disciples and all the people (Luke 20:45) to be on guard. We can be weighed down with the concerns of work and home. We can be drunk on how well our college tournament brackets are going to perform. We can even be worried about how high the gas prices will go.
Life can trap us., so much so that we may actually miss out on what God is doing around us. Heaven forbid if we miss what God is doing in our lives! Our social media feed will not get us caught up with what we missed from God. What can we do?
We pray. We are alert in prayer as we ask Jesus for strength to prepare us for the destruction Jesus foretold in Luke 21:5-33. The power of the Holy Spirit can get us to the point where we can stand before the Son of Man.
Until Jesus Christ returns, we can be praying. That will be the best posture for Jesus to find us in when that day happens.
Almighty God, we know not when Jesus Christ will return. Until that day arrives, we read that Jesus wants us to be on guard. Thank you that we can meet you in prayer. May all the troubles of this life and the destruction to come not trap us, making us unready for when Jesus returns. Holy Spirit, give us the strength we need to make it through that day. We ask this request in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.