I have a confession: I don't tell my kids when we have family visiting. It's self-preservation really, because they go nuts. They don't sleep and they start vibrating with excitement. There is never a lack of enthusiasim in our home, but when someone is coming over? It goes off the charts.
So I keep it to myself.
But 'Tis the season.
The season we are meant to tingle with excitement. The time of the year that we have set aside to celebrate the coming of our Christ. Our shepherd that leads us out of darkness and into light.
So we light a candle. And we tell our children. We remind ourselves. He came.
And the gift he brought? Could put even the best grandparent visitor to shame.
Because He brought His Glory to us. He brought us a light to show us the way to redemption. To show us the way to peace. To show us the way to his glory.
"And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken." Isaiah 40:5
He gave us the Word, His Son, all His love for us encapsulated in flesh, so that we can know Him. So that we can know His Glory.
For God, who said, "Light shall shine out of darkness," is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ." 2 Corinthians 4:6
He gave us the gift of knowledge of Himself. Not a gift to be wasted in this season of celebrating Him. We glimpse a little more of His glory every time we peel back the pages of His word and see the love of the Word.
But then we hear the drumroll in this season of Advent that matches the vibrations in our soul.
He is coming again.
We have the hope of glory already in us and we have the hope of Glory waiting before us.
So we celebrate advent. We light our first candle. We enthusiastically ask Him to light our way to His glory.
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." John 14: 1-3
And then, with the light of that one little candle piercing the darkness, we can go crazy with anticipation. We can pour our hope our all over our lives. We enthusiastically share our hope with anyone without it in what is, so often, a hopeless season.