Prepared?

We’re going out of town. There’s so much to do: a little car maintenance, hold mail, pack, clean, repack, check the weather, find the tire chains, pack again. And drive.

All this work for a few days to be with family. So worth it.

By the time you read this, all this preparation and experience will be completed. But there is always something to prepare for and experience.

Christmas is coming. There’s so much to do: a little heart maintenance, hold back, decorate, clean, redecorate, check the calendar, find the Advent wreath, decorate again. And shop.

All this work for a few days to be with family. Again, so worth it.

As we approach the Christmas season, take some time to prepare. Remember that Christ has come, and will come again. Reread the Christmas Story, the Prophesies, the Expectation, the Fulfillment, the Excitement. Pause.

Don’t let the world’s plans take Christ’s place in your heart. Make room for Him. One way we try to do this is by joining in the season of Advent. We take some time in the dark of the evening to light a candle, read the scriptures, and pray.

There are many useful Advent devotionals—some short, some long—all designed to help us prepare as we look back to Jesus’ first coming and look forward to Jesus’ second coming.

O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we, who joyfully receive him as our Redeemer, may with sure confidence behold him when he comes to be our Judge; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. [The Book of Common Prayer, The Nativity of Our Lord: Christmas Day]

How will your “heart prepare Him room” this year?

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