How best do we prepare ourselves for the birth of Jesus? In this Advent Season we should be all about the waiting, and the opening wide of our heart strings so that this Savior-child may be born within us. And yet we get drawn into the busyness of the season, with long to-do lists laying on countertops, and shopping and wrapping and baking. Before we know it the magic and miracle is lost on us and Christmas begins to feel more like a burden than a blessing.
All of this holiday rushing and the spinning of the season, when we are really called to be waiting. Because Advent is really the season of waiting wonder, in glorious anticipation of Jesus gestating in Mary’s womb, until He makes His splendid, magnificent entrance on that holy starry night.
What can we say no to this holiday season, so we can say yes to more of Him? In the midst of the frantic and frenzied pace, let us quiet ourselves in prayer and solitude so that we create a holy place for Jesus to be born within us. This is really the only way to enter into Christmas, to patiently and joyfully wait for the birth of this babe who was born in our midst to save us all.
Prepare ye the way of the Lord!