My husband was watching me unbox all the Christmas decorations and put them up around the house this weekend. He said, “I just love watching you be so excited about Christmas.” I didn’t even realize my excitement showed but I guess it did. I hope it brings You joy as well, Lord, to see me get ready to celebrate Jesus! There’s a lot involved. I have to pull all the boxes out of storage; put some things away to make room; clean the house before unpacking; clean it again after unboxing; hanging lights, ornaments and mistletoe; placing each figure in the nativity sets that I have collected. What a joy to sit down late at night by the fire and savor the sounds, smell and beauty of Christmas.
Though there is so much to do to prepare for Christmas at my house- not only the decorating, but shopping and wrapping the gifts for my huge family, baking and making gifts for friends that I love, writing Christmas notes, planning Christmas caroling and celebrations and get-togethers…and of course, the annual Christmas Grandkids’ Night! There’s a lot of extra planning Christmas activities for the classes I teach and groups I’m part of. As busy as December can be, I don’t ever want to leave out the guest of honor, the reason for the season, the source of excitement and joy in my life!
Father, I am preparing room in my schedule, in my life and in my very soul for even more of Jesus this Christmas. I want to sit aside time to sit and enjoy the quiet still way You sent Your Son Jesus Christ into the world. Everything changed (for the world and for me) when He came to bring us eternal life! Help me clear out some of the clutter that takes up room for Him. Help me make a way to receive more joy and strength in Him. Help me slow down and be still and savor my eternal life with You that comes quietly in the midst of all the chaos. I don’t want to miss the sweetness of time with You due to excessive celebration. I want to prepare for more of You. Maybe that’s also what You desire- more of me!
“Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him.” Matthew 3:3
“A voice of one calling: ‘In the desert prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.’’ Isaiah 40:3
“As Jesus and His disciples were on their way, He came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t You care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’ ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42
Father, help me prepare to receive more of Jesus by clearing out…