ARE YOU READY FOR CHRISTMAS?
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long. (Psalm 25)
Something strange happens each year right after Thanksgiving dinner. The marathon of our lives suddenly turns into a sprint of a full month shopping, wrapping, cooking, baking, and writing cards. Did I mention shopping? Luckily, there is the online shopping, but then, what do you do with all those boxes that fill the garage up to the ceiling? December seems to be a whole month dedicated to preparing for one day, and we love it.
Christmas is not only about shopping or decorating or parties. It is about preparation–preparing ourselves to receive a precious gift. Is it not why we wrap the presents? I remember how my daughter gave me a large box wrapped in a shiny paper with a massive bow on the top. I unwrapped the large box just to find another small box inside, and then one more. I sat on the floor with wrapping paper and boxes of all sizes around me, and they were still coming until I found a tiny box on the bottom of the last box while my anticipation reached its max. That small silver pendant of a frog with yellow amber from the Baltic Sea became the GIFT. Unwrapping it slowed me down. It made me appreciate the gradual coming of the cherished moment, and sense, see and hear what was going on around me. The faces of my children, who looked for that special gift for months, radiated so much joy.
Advent is like unwrapping the humble gift that becomes so much more precious when we pause what we do to receive it. We know we will be in awe when we see it, sense it, and hear its sound. The music of joy and peace is on the way to bless us.
May this season of Advent be one of our discoveries as we “unwrap” the joy of finding the new purpose that changes us and, through us, transforms the world.
Hope, Joy, and Peace
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