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“Hark the Glad Sound” (LSB 349)

Hark the glad sound! The Savior comes, the Savior promised long; let every heart prepare a throne and every voice a song.

The Advent season begins next Sunday, a season of preparation. During the 4 weeks of Advent we are not just getting ready for Christmas, Jesus’ first coming. We are reminded to prepare for Jesus 2nd coming as well.

Many of our Advent songs will talk about anticipation, waiting, joy and preparation. In this hymn we are urged to make a throne ready in our hearts for Jesus. And of course, many of us will “deck the halls” of our homes with boughs of holly and lots of lights. We choose decorations for our homes to remind us of preparing our hearts, using the time God has given us to display his love in our lives.

One of the decorations that most of our homes will have is a crèche, or nativity scene. It may be fine porcelain or just cast resin. It could be carved of wood or molded in plastic. But in every case it will include small figures of Mary and Joseph with the baby Jesus. It will probably include the shepherds and some sheep, perhaps the innkeeper and his wife, often some other animals, a cow or a donkey. Larger sets will even include villagers, a girl carrying water, a boy with a drum.

Most of these figures are not mentioned in the Bible, but nevertheless they remind us that we too have a place in Jesus’ stable.

Look well at your nativity scene this year. Consider how each piece has something to teach us about God, and how he keeps his promises. As you prepare a place for your nativity, take time in prayer to prepare a place for Jesus in your life, in your family, in your home this Advent.

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Prayer: Dearest Jesus, let me see in earthly decoration the joy that comes with your heavenly fulfillment. Let me, by your Spirit, make a place for you today.  Amen.