Merry Advent

It’s Advent.

A season of preparation.

But it doesn’t seem like I am doing a very good job:
–My lights are not up on the garage and house.
–The Christmas tree is not up.
–Not one single decoration is up in the house except from some pumpkin lights hanging in the kitchen (not very festive).
–I do have Christmas CDs in the CD player so that’s something.

Hopefully this weekend my wife and I will get on track…I hope.

Every year it seems like I make some kind of comment that I am not ready for Advent.
Every year Advent seems to sneak up on me.
Every year it seems I make some kind of comment about snow in connection with the Christmas season.

I almost sound like a broken record ~ so let’s not go there.

Because this preparation thing really has nothing to do with what we do on the outside.  Preparing during Advent really has nothing to do with hanging lights, putting up Christmas decorations, playing festive music or the like.  It is amazing how caught up we get in these preparations.  It is amazing that every year I need a slap in the face or a kick in the head to remind me that Advent preparations is one of the heart.

To prepare during Advent is to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Christ, is to turn our hearts towards the one who comes to baptize with the Holy Spirit.  John’s (the Baptist) baptism was one for repentance; something that had to be done often during his day.  But the baptism Jesus came to bring is once and for all.  It is not an outward adornment, but (like I said) one pertaining to the heart.  If preparing during Advent for Christmas is simply outward, then when Christmas is done it is often forgotten.  And let me tell you ~ that is not good.

To prepare during Advent is to:
–Engage scripture.
–Pray.
–Look to the Christ child.
–Remember God’s love for all creation.
–To see our neighbors who are in need.
–To give.
–To remember that God gave us the greatest gift ever.
–And…I could probably go on, but I will stop here.

So, even though I am going to put lights up today and begin decorating, I am going to try to focus on other things.   I am going to be festive through showing Christmas spirit where ever I go.  I am going to try to keep my eyes on the main thing.

And…God willing…keep the Christmas spirit alive long past this Christmas season.

Merry Advent everyone and God bless 🙂

edh -|—

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  1. We’ll never be ready because we are human. We’re never ready for Advent, for Christmas, for dying. Just before I clicked on the link to your post, I read about the regrets of people who are dying. We confuse the important with the minutia our whole life. And our consumer culture encourages this. I’ve given up on a lot of outside expectations. But I often put expectations on myself.
    http://nhne-pulse.org/regrets-of-the-dying/

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