Third Thursday in Advent

Now is the time to prepare for the Coming of the Messiah this Advent Season.  Meet us here each day of Advent where we will be posting a blog written by members of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem,  representing an intergenerational sampling of contributors as they reflect on the scripture selections from the Daily Lectionary Advent readings from the Book of Common Worship. If you would like to download a copy of the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem Advent Devotional, CLICK HERE.


LECTIONARY READING: Zechariah 4:1–14; Revelation 4:9–5:5; Matthew 25:1–13

Advent has always been a special time of waiting, reflection, and quiet anticipation for me.  My daughter, a high school senior, is in her own season of waiting, reflecting, and anticipating.  Having applied to her first choice of colleges, she is eagerly awaiting a letter of acceptance, anticipating the next chapter in her life.  

As I read the Parable of the Ten Virgins from Matthew 25:1–13, I am reminded not only of the waiting that we do at different times throughout our lives, but also of the necessary preparation it takes to bring the waiting to a successful end.  While she waits, my daughter is reflecting on her high school years, questioning whether or not she made the right choices in academics and extracurricular activities to secure her college admission. Ultimately, it is too late now to go back and do things differently.  Simply put, she is out of time.

So it is with us as Christians.  As the parable reminds us, we are not only in a time of waiting for his arrival, but we must prepare our hearts and minds for the day we meet Jesus face to face.  We want to be ready, having lived each day as good and faithful servants.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the most precious gift of your Son, Jesus Christ. As we prepare to celebrate Christmas this Advent season, may we remember to live each day in preparation for your arrival, not only as believers, but also as servants ready to greet you at any moment and not, unexpectedly, out of time.  Amen.

-Staci Bell