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making a people prepared for the Lord

One year our family was asked to light the advent candle during the Christmas Eve service. The glow of twinkle lights, the serenity of Away in a Manger being sung by a choir, and the hush of anticipation filled the room as we took our place near the communion table. We lit the candle while the pastor read from the second chapter of Luke “and she took the baby and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and placed him in the manger,” the seriousness of Mary’s situation brought to life in a very real way as I stood at the front of the church, nearly 9 months pregnant. Several people commented afterward that my being pregnant had made the text come alive to them in a new way that night, the idea that Christ is not only the Son of God but the Son of Man.

We have been reading through the book of Luke this week I have been struck by the parallel there is between the calling given to homeschooling mothers and the calling that was given to John, a type of Christ, who was sent to bear witness to the Messiah as well as to prepare hearts to receive Jesus.

In the first chapter of Luke, we read this describing John: “He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth. Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

As moms, we are the first picture of Jesus that our little ones will ever know. Our gentle words, our willingness to set aside our own personal rights for our babies, our hearts that desire God’s best for our children as they grow in grace, the testimonies of God’s goodness and His wonderful works, these are the ways we go before the Lord, helping to prepare our children for the day when they confess Jesus as their own Savior.

As we disciple our children, we do so in the same way John the Baptist did, speaking the truth, living circumspect lives, being filled with the Holy Spirit, seeking to train our disobedient children to seek what the Word calls the “wisdom of righteousness.” We cannot secure salvation for our children, just as John the Baptist could not save the souls of those to whom he ministered, but, like him, we are called to make ready a people prepared for the Lord, little hearts that are tender and ready to receive the Messiah when He comes to them.

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  Cynthia wrote @

What a beautiful way of looking at it. This post was truly a blessing to me today.


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