FROM THE PULPIT: Watch for signs of the Second Coming, not 2013

Published: Friday, December 28, 2012 at 05:58 PM.

Frequently, at each Christmas season’s end, I hear people say, “Next year, I’m not going to do all this running around and extra spending. Christmas is getting too exhausting!”

My silent reply is, “Speak into the microphone. I want to record this as a reminder for next year.”

Though some seasonal preparations can be important, I also believe they can be huge distractions. These kinds of preparations — the weeks that go into Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve party planning — can be downright exhausting.

Moreover, they cause us to miss another aspect of preparation that is infinitely more important.

Yes, we are to prepare our minds and hearts. Not for Santa Claus, not for Christmas Day and not for the most fashionable New Year’s Eve party.

Rather, we should prepare our minds and hearts for eternal matters.

The scripture readings for the Sundays in Advent all follow a pattern: preparing for the Son of God’s return, often called the Second Coming.

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