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John 1:6-8, 19-28

Preparing for a Big Event

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John 1:6-8, 19-28
Preparing for a Big Event

By Lois Parker Edstrom


Advent calendar, Advent wreath and candles, Christmas lights, Christmas cookies – share cookies with children if appropriate.

This is the time of year we begin making preparations to celebrate Christmas, the birthday of Jesus Christ. What are some of the ways you prepare for Christmas? Perhaps your kitchen fills with the wonderful fragrances of cookies, breads and candies as you and your mom or dad bake Christmas goodies. You may decorate your home with evergreen boughs and put ornaments on a Christmas tree. Some families hang an advent calendar and count the days until Christmas or light advent candles. Other families hang lights outdoors in trees and on their houses. There are many ways to prepare for Christmas – the birthday of Jesus Christ.

Long ago, God sent a man, John the Baptist, to prepare the world for the arrival of Jesus and this was the biggest event in all of history. He was sent to tell people about “the light.” Jesus is called “the true light” (1:9) because his love can light up a person’s life and make it better. John the Baptist spent his life preparing people to hear and accept the message of God’s love through the life of Jesus Christ.

Now, many years later we still prepare for Christmas as a way to honor God’s Son, Jesus. When you prepare for Christmas by baking cookies, decorating your house and enjoying the lights of Christmas, think about “the true light” (1:9) that can fill you with his love.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan