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Preparing the Way
By Ed Young
December 13, 2015
Christmas is a time of celebration and preparation. But it’s also a time of anticipation. Just as people during the first Christmas anticipated the birth of Jesus and his introduction into the world, this is a time of year when we anticipate all that God is going to continue to do in the world. And as we prepare to celebrate what has been done in the past, Pastor Ed Young helps us discover how God is preparing the way for something even greater in the future!
Yep, we’re having a wedding in several weeks. One of our daughters is getting married and we’ve been preparing for this wedding. Weddings, I’m telling you, weddings are an ordeal. I love weddings. The wedding itself will be absolutely amazing but the planning process has been pretty, pretty crazy. No wonder women watch these shows like Say Yes to the Dress. No wonder Bridezilla is so popular! It’s so fascinating, weddings. And I’m thinking to myself, one of our daughters is getting married. Just to wrap my brain around that, I’m having a hard time with that. We have been in the throes, though, of planning for this wedding. Really, though, it’s Lisa. I’ve not really planned that much. I’ve just kinda – yeah, yeah, let’s do that.
The other day I heard a conversation. You won't believe this. They were debating on the weight of napkins and tablecloths that we’re supposed to rent for this little dinner following the wedding. The weight, guys. I’m talking about the weight of a napkin and a tablecloth! So our daughter had a choice, and of course she chose the most expensive. I didn’t realize this but the heavier a tablecloth weighs, the more a napkin weighs, the more expensive it is. I’ve got 3 daughters. I can’t write enough books. Weddings.
Ninety percent of us will get married at least once in our lifetime and we will have a wedding. I’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of weddings in my life. When I worked at the church my father pastors in Houston I did wedding after wedding after wedding. I have some great wedding stories. One day I would love to write a book about the crazy things that happened in the ministry and some of those things have happened during weddings. Because when you talk about weddings you have emotion and you’ve got family and you’ve got all sorts of theatrics just on display. It’s really raw, it’s real, it’s sentimental, a wedding. In fact I’m going to do a wedding in a couple of days. I don’t do very many weddings but I’m on my way to do one.
Christmas is the time of year when people everywhere are preparing for something great. Decorations are unpacked, presents are bought, and lights are strung. But as we lead up to Christmas, is our focus on the real purpose and potential this time of year has? Because the reality is that Christmas is more than an event; it’s the advent of Christ’s birth! And this series by Pastor Ed Young helps us all discover just how ADVENTAGEOUS this time of year can be!