Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
make melody to our God on the lyre!
He covers the heavens with clouds;
he prepares rain for the earth;
he makes grass grow on the hills.
~Psalm 147:7-8 (ESV)
Just as the Lord prepares rain for the earth, the four weeks of Advent prepare us for Christ’s present and future coming. But preparations take time. So in the waiting, we listen with thanksgiving as heaven and nature sing for us of God’s glory.
You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
~Psalm 23:5 (NLT)
Advent is our time to remember that the Lord shepherds us to a table prepared for us. It is table of feasting where we are never found wanting. At God’s invitation we are honored guests who receive all the goodness and mercy of our Lord’s birth. And in response, we make heartfelt preparations to joyfully worship Christ the new born King.
To that end, may goodness and mercy follow us all the days of Advent as we dwell in the Lord’s preparations now and forever.
Blessed are You, O Lord who prepares.