“There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage.”
December is arguably the busiest month of the year. What with trying to find time to see friends and family, buying the perfect presents for them, cooking far too much food and getting caught up in a whirlwind of festivities, it can be hard to make time for Jesus. Even when we do make time, and I know I'm guilty of this, it’s easy to think it’s trivial in comparison with the never-ending Christmas to-do list.
Yet this doesn’t have to be the case because Jesus doesn’t expect us to stress over finding the right gift for him, or serving the perfect food. He doesn’t even ask for a set amount of time in a specific place. All he asks is that we are ready to welcome him into our lives much like Anna did in the Bible verse today.
Anna was an elderly woman who, when she first met Jesus, welcomed him with readiness and praised God for his existence. I believe this is a reminder that no matter what the circumstances are, God is ready to welcome us as we are, and we should prepare ourselves to do the same for him. It doesn’t matter whether we do that at church on Sundays, whilst wrapping presents, doing last minute shopping or even in a quiet few minutes we set aside, as long as we do it. I'm praying that this Advent, you will be able to find this time and welcome God’s peace into the madness; after all, he is the reason for the season.
Pray that you may be ready to recognise and welcome Jesus as he comes to you.
Find someone older than you and ask them what they remember about Christmas when they were a child.