What do you think people would say if you stopped them this week and asked them what they want for Christmas? Do you think anyone would say, “I want to see Jesus”?
Advent is about an intensity of desire. It’s about deeply desiring the presence of God in our lives and our world. In a week’s time, we will celebrate Emmanuel, God with us. How real is that presence for you? How deeply do you desire it?
Rabbi Abraham Heschel once said that, “God is of no importance unless he is of supreme importance.” As you move closer to Christmas, my prayer is that you might encounter God with renewed intensity, that you might desire his presence in your life more deeply, and that you might live in ways that make his presence more real in the lives of others.
 Abraham Heschel, Man is Not Alone