MWI President

Be prepared!

"Be Prepared" is a motto well known to everyone as belonging to the Boy Scout and Girl Guide Associations. Prepared for what? Robert Baden-Powell explained “You are always to be in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your duty.” The initials of Baden-Powell and Be Prepared are the same; it was planned that way and not a coincidence.

Over 2,000 years ago, Mary and Joseph were waiting for Jesus to be born. They were not prepared for His arrival.  When Jesus arrived as a baby, it is difficult to imagine what He gave up to come into our world. He accepted the limitations of a baby being born under the most awful conditions in a filthy stable. It must have been a dark night for Him even though the sky was lit up by the angels to show the shepherds where He could be found. He became poor so that we could become rich. Today the shops are crammed with festive things so we can 'Be Prepared' to celebrate His birthday. Are you preparing for family celebrations?

Jesus is coming again! We are told in Revelations 22:12-13, “See I am coming soon, and my reward is with me, to repay everyone according to the deeds he has done. I am the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”  Are you prepared for His second coming? If you are right with God you will be watching and waiting and ready to welcome His arrival. If you are not right with God, it will be frightening as He will come like a thief in the night. So in the light of the hope of Christ’s return, how are we to live? Paul tells us in 1st Thessalonians 5: 5-8 “For you are all children of the light and the day, and do not belong to darkness and night. So be on your guards, watch for His return and stay sober. Night is the time for sleep, and the time when people get drunk. But let us live in the light, keep sober, protected by the armour of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the happy hope of salvation.”  We need to wake up, sober up and put on the whole armour of God.  

When you were a child, joyful anticipation, not fear, kept you awake on Christmas Eve. Be Prepared for Christ’s second coming and celebrate His birthday in a happy, joyful way.

As we have journeyed together with Jesus I pray you will be motivated and excited, and not frightened, as you look forward to Christmas and His second coming.

Bless you all. Elizabeth

 

December engagements to date:

6th: Kilwarlin Church

31st: Sri Lanka *tbc

 

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