How do you prepare for Advent? We find it so easy to prepare for the events and gatherings of Christmas but do we prepare to receive the Christ Child? We dig out the decorations, shop for gifts, line up the holiday recipes and make endless lists, so as not to leave anything undone.
It is not wrong to make any of those preparations; in fact, doing some of those familiar traditions can be calming and a way to corral our scattered thoughts if we use them to our advantage. Why not start with the beginning of Christmas – the waiting, watching, preparing and the anticipation of praise. Let the significance of the Holy birth sink deep into the center of our being. Allow the scripture to wash over our soul and the familiar Christmas hymns restore our balance. Bask in the joy of the season with a heart full of promise in the one to come.
If we approach Christmas with a prepared heart, everything takes its rightful place and priority. While putting the lights on the tree, we can remember that He is our light. When we wrap gifts, we can glory in the ultimate gift of Jesus and pray for those who haven’t yet received Him. When we welcome friends and family around our table, we can remember his table and how the bread is his body broken for us, and the wine is his blood spilled on our behalf.
If you haven’t taken the time to prepare him room this Christmas why not do so now. Pause in the middle of all the hustle and bustle to make room for the Christ Child. Let him enter into his rightful place around your Christmas tree and table. Read through the Christmas story (Luke 2) savoring each detail and imagine that you are a first-hand witness as the events unfold. Wait expectantly with Mary as she carries the baby, Watch carefully with the Shepherds as they journey by the light of the star to kneel before him, prepare your heart like Simeon as he hoped in the promise that he would live to see the Messiah. Let your heart prepare him room This Christmas.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
Preparing in grace,
Today’s post is 3rd in an Advent series, one for each week of Advent. Wait, Watch, Prepare and Praise. Please join me next week for week 4 as we praise.