The First Sunday of Advent

Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming (Matthew 24:42).

Our Lord’s return in glory may seem slow in coming, but as Jesus says, that is not an excuse for us to let our guard down. He encourages us to stay awake, to stay alert, for His coming may happen at any moment. We also have a tendency to put off certain things in life thinking that there will always be time to do it tomorrow, to do it later. Even though we often lament the fact that people we love are called home to glory far too soon, we still tend to put things off as long as possible. How true this is when we consider things like estate planning. No one likes to think about the end of their life, or what will happen with their worldly blessings, and yet as Jesus reminds us, the end may come when we least expect it, whether that be in death or our Lord’s coming again. Gifts of Love can help you in staying awake and ready when that time comes, having your affairs in order so that you are not a burden to your loved ones, and so that you can bless others with the blessings you have received in life. It is not prudent to sleep on such things, for Christ is coming. We know not when, but in Him we remain awake so that we may receive Him with joy!