November 30 Tuesday
Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; 13let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy. 14Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
In a perfect world we would always be ready; no procrastination, no uncertain circumstances, and certainly no need to mediate between sets of grandparents over who gets to see the new baby first. As we begin this time of anticipation with the week of HOPE we feel like we still have time. December is not until tomorrow so there is plenty of time to get that holiday shopping done, our decorations are fresh out of the box, and there are still ample opportunities to address those holiday cards.
“But the night is nearly over; the day is almost here”
Our world is experiencing some dark times this year and we are in need more than ever of a bright time in the light, hope. But what can we do as Christians to make this a better world? Prayer can change, giving to our church and volunteering definitely make a difference but is there something more we can do in time of great need and anticipation? Our Maryland Small group this fall looked at the concept of Sabbath economics (Spending and saving your money with God in mind). In this season of great American consumerism we hear all about how retailers are looking forward to an end of the shopping slump and families are examining what they really can spend this holiday season. There is a way we can fight for justice, “clothe ourselves in the light,” and prepare ourselves for the Savior to come all while working for a more perfect world. As we choose gifts for our loved ones we can think about where our money is going. Can we afford to buy fair trade products? Purchase from ecologically conscientious companies? Where we spend and save our money is a powerful, tangible way we can work to a perfect world.