I know that we are just on the verge of Thanksgiving, but next Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent… a time of anticipation, waiting, and preparing. So, I sit here this morning thinking about all the things that come to mind with Christmas just a little over four weeks away.  Soon we will see a world filled with bright, shiny ornaments and trees decorated from top to bottom. Already, on the radio and other places I hear music playing that embraces this being “the most wonderful time of the year.”  And it is.  Not because of all the worldly things we see, but because of its true meaning. What would happen if you went to carry your kids or grandchildren to see Santa, but instead you come upon a man with unruly long hair, dressed in dirty camel hair, and munching on locusts and honey?!  You would definitely be surprised, but you would be facing the one who proclaimed Christmas long before its origin. Shake hands with John the Baptist.  John would look at you and say “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near!”  We celebrate the first coming of Jesus each year, but may we never forget we must always look forward to His second coming. Enjoy this Christmas season and the joy it brings, but remember that He is coming again, and repentance is one of the greatest presents you can give Him – not just once a year, but every day. – Curtis Bray