The last of our children and grandchildren left yesterday.
We had a wonderful time with family – coming and going at various times with a brief overlap of everyone. It can be wild and crazy at times, yet the joy of having our children and grandchildren in our home supersedes all other factors. We know we are truly blessed.
As I mentioned in my post on December 13th, I spent a lot of time preparing rooms – making beds, putting pictures of the anticipated occupants in the rooms, (learned from a dear friend Donna), a small dish of special candy in the adult rooms, and fresh towels. As much as possible, I wanted each family member to feel welcome and loved.
I also put away any breakable or valuable non-essentials so that we did not have to say “no” any more than necessary.
The preparation paid off – I enjoyed the seven days we had family here and we only broke two dishes, but I wouldn’t change a thing!
So, yesterday we started cleaning up. Phil vacuumed, I put things away. One load of sheets is in the dryer and the second load is in the washer as I type this.
Yet, something my older brother texted me with his holiday greeting keeps resonating in my mind.
“Jesus is coming again!”
We made so many preparations to celebrate the first appearing of Jesus. All were special and held meaning for us and our family as we celebrated Jesus’s birth.
But what preparations am I making to prepare for His second coming?
In I Thessalonians 5: 19-24 (MSG) Paul addresses this very issue –
19-22 Don’t suppress the Spirit, and don’t stifle those who have a word from the Master. On the other hand, don’t be gullible. Check out everything, and keep only what’s good. Throw out anything tainted with evil.
23-24 May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it!
The preparations are quite clear –
- allow the Holy Spirit to empower us
- listen to those who speak God’s truth
- don’t be deceived – test everything by the standard of God’s Word
- throw away the bad, avoid everything that is evil
- God will make us holy and whole
- God is completely dependable – HE WILL DO IT!
God will make us prepared for the second coming of Jesus. We can begin the process by following the first four steps – but ONLY God can complete it.
The joy of preparing for our family’s arrival was the anticipation of them actually coming. Our granddaughter Adella said to me, “Nana, you are so happy when I come to your house.” Yes, I am, and I am so pleased she knows it.
If we had not prepared, I dread thinking of the consequences. No food, no beds ready, no clean bathrooms….There would be no joy on Macktown Gap!
No one knows when Jesus will come again. We DO know He is returning.
I want to commit to intentionally preparing myself – spirit, soul, and body – for the return of Jesus, my Saviour and Lord.
Jesus is coming, again!