Yesterday marked the first day of the season of Advent. I love this season. I love the idea of preparing our hearts for a great mystery that we get to commemorate every year. Sure, I put up my hot pink tree yesterday with lots of little ornaments and put up my nativity scene. Sure, I have purchased a present or two so far (with a few more on the list.) But I don’t really feel connected to consumer christmas (lower case c on purpose). I get angry at the endless commercials for deals and toys that no one actually needs. I feel overwhelmed by the planning and hustle. Every year Advent comes like a swoosh to Christmas. But this year I feel differently.
I want to break this cycle of feeling overwhelmed and concentrate on the true preparations for the (re)birth of Jesus. And more importantly to remember His message to us. I want to remember the fact that there are millions of people in this world who aren’t too worried about the new iPad mini or the pink Barbie dream house, because they are, in fact, hoping that they will eat this Christmas. I want to remember the millions of children around the world without access to clean water. I want to remember the children who fight cancer and life-threatening illness and their families that do everything they can to support them. I want to remember why we have this holiday and not what Hallmark, Target, or Best Buy want us to remember. I want to prepare my heart and serve this King.
Is my heart ready? If the newborn king were to be born in my apartment in Maryland instead of stable in Bethlehem, would I open my door and give Him all I can? He asks for our heart; nothing more, nothing less.
Want to give more of your heart this Christmas? Here are some resources: