Advent | Day 17

Tuesday, December 13

  • Psalms 45, 47, 48
  • Zechariah 2.1-13
  • Revelation 3.14-22
  • Matthew 24.32-44

Ah Christmas! We prove its grandeur with our joyously hectic participation. Although neglecting to observe the truth beneath its ornate mask serves to be anti-climatic, I cannot help but acknowledge the stress of preparing the smallest detail as worth every planned second. Ribbons, bows, and wrapping paper awaken my senses. The trappings enhance the party of togetherness and validate its stir. I admire any occurrence whose décor compliments the essence of a commemoration. I am enamored with the journey, shopping, food and carols that easily move me into a dance of celebration. Indeed with that same hope offered more than 2000 years ago, starry heavens compelled three wise men to leave their distant homes bringing gifts fit for a king, to a baby in a manger.

My love for the truth in Christmas far exceeds its elaborate trim. My love is centered on Christ, our Savior, the Bishop of our souls. Our preparations are even mirrored by the message of repentance John the Baptist preached which created a favorable environment for Christ to operate in the lives of people. His voice ringing like silver bells in the wilderness to prepare the way of our lord, “Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; And all the flesh shall see the salvation of God” (Luke 3.4-6).

It is now up to us to be prepared for the second coming of Jesus Christ by the continuation of our faith in him. Our witness should be seen as a string of white lights in the darkness, never losing their shine. It should be adorned with ornaments of our sacrificial giving to those in need, and topped with the star of love for one another. Let us be like children on the night before Christmas morning, excited, joyful, faithfully looking for that gift like John, diligently preparing the way for our king. “All flesh shall see the salvation of God (Luke 3.6). Therefore, be ready; for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh” (Matthew 24.44). Again.

Patricia Smedley
Director, Student Financial Services

You can access an online version of the 2011 Advent Guide (presented annually be Belmont’s School of Religion) at:




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