On this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, The web that is woven over all nations; he will destroy death forever. The Lord GOD will wipe away (Isaiah 25)
In this time of Advent we are preparing for the coming of the Lord with Christmas. Christmas is more than presents and coziness. It is about the Word Incarnate coming into our world. However in the mind and hearts of kids there is a kind of other expectation. They look forward for Jesus’ birthday, but surely are a little more focused on the Christmas presents. They are hoping for these things that they want for Christmas. And we cannot really blame them. We surely were the same when we were young. As grown ups we of course know that we need to focus more on the needs of others, instead of our own. We need not to do that are short term or selfish but things that benefit people around us.
In itself it is not wrong to desire gifts for ourselves. God wants us to show us how generous He is by giving us things. But we should not keep it for ourselves only. We need to be willing to share our gifts with others. Greed comes forth out of unfulfilled needs. We depend to much on others to fulfill them, instead of on God. We need to turn to him and rely on Him. That is what Advent is all about: “Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you," says the LORD Almighty” (Malachi 3:7). God wants us to give him our “Christmas list” and put our trust in Him to fulfill our wishes in His timing. Remember when Jesus feeds the 5000 with just a few fishes and loaves? He understood what they needed. He cared about it and took what was insufficient and made it more than necessary. It shows us that God wants to give us more than we need. The Lord understands your needs and cares about you! He is eager to give you more than you need!
The only thing is that we need to cast our trust on him only and not in ourselves or others to fulfill our deepest needs. human beings. human beings. However, He provides for us through the gifts he gave us and others he placed in our lives. Just as he provided for the crowd he will provide for us in his own way and timing. But we should not get in his way. It reminds me of that quote: “If we want God to open doors for us, we should let go of the doorknob”. We need to let him decide how He is going to fulfill our needs and when. Give it all to God and let him surprise you in ways you could not imagine. Let us especially in this Advent pray: Lord Jesus, gives us the strength to trust in you and give all our worries in your caring hands. Come Lord Jesus come into our lives and let us walk close to you. Amen.