"Then, when his days of ministry were completed, he went home."
This sentence jumped out at me this morning. The story is of Zechariah, while serving as a priest in the temple for a certain period of time, sees a vision of the angel Gabriel telling him his elderly wife will bear a son. He questions the angel about the logistics and is struck mute for his doubting (which strikes me as a bit harsh). And then...even after all this, he stays on to complete his priestly duties. He doesn't go home early. Wow! He waited until his service was over. That is awesome! We are at the point of Advent when I'm over it. The Fourth Sunday is over, all four candles are lit, let's get this show on the road, as my mother would say. This last few days of Advent seem to drag on as if the celebration will never begin. But, just like Zechariah, we may have a bit more service to complete before we call it good. Maybe we have a bit more in-heart preparation to make. The tree may be trimmed and the cards written and mailed (I wish!), but our in-heart prep may need a little more time. Let's take a good look inside today, Friends. How does our heart look? Ready for an important guest? Love, heidi