The King Is Coming

December 13, 2018

A story: Once upon a time (All good stories start this way.) there was a woman who lived in a small village. Through a messenger she heard that the king was coming to dine at her house.

So, she got busy cleaning and shopping, but was overwhelmed when she could not get everything prepared.

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

Just then she heard a knock at the door. There was a beggar asking for a bite to eat. So, she gave him something. In return he asked if there wasn’t something he could do for her. The woman had the beggar wash her dishes and he left.

A little while later she heard another knock. Another beggar was there and asked for a bite to eat. She gave him something to eat. In return he asked if there wasn’t something he could do for her. She had the beggar clean and wash her floors and he left.
A little while later she heard another knock on the door. Another beggar was there asking for a bite to eat. After eating he asked if there wasn’t something he could do for her. She had the beggar set the table and he left.

A little while later she heard another knock on the door. This time when she opened the door the king was there. She invited him in and they began to dine.

During the meal she noticed that the salt was not on the table. As she got up the king said for her to sit that he would get the salt himself. When she asked how he knew where she kept the salt, the king answered that he knew, because he had already visited her three times.

Advent is a lot like this story. All of us are preparing for the coming of our King, Jesus Christ. We are busy preparing for his birth. We are preparing a place in our hearts for him to dwell. Many of us have resentments, hidden sins, anger toward others, hidden trauma, and bad feelings. Some of us are overwhelmed by worries and fears. During this time of Advent, Jesus is knocking on your door. He wants to help you deal with these issues so that when he comes you can welcome him with open arms and let him be born in you. “Jesus, come into my heart and prepare me to fully and joyfully welcome you as my King.”
May the Lord bless and keep you. May he let his face shine upon you and give you his peace.



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