Categories: Humanity

Advent Theme

We unpack the family ornaments from the attic, we acquire a tree and string lights. We sing carols at church and in the car. We get out the recipes that came from Grandma and bake desserts we only eat once a year. All of this seasonal magic takes preparation – presents are thoughtfully selected, purchased and wrapped. The calendar requires careful attention in order to juggle Christmas gathering and extra commitments. The grocery list is carefully curated to make sure you forget none of the family favorites. We do this to welcome family and friends into our homes, into spaces of warmth, love, and festivity…

What if we were to prepare for more than just hosting the festivity and presents and lights? What if we prepared to welcome the Christ child into our lives and prepared enough room for him to stay after the tree is on the curb and the decorations are back in storage? What if THIS advent we opened our hearts and prepared enough room to receive not just the baby sweet and mild in the manger but the man and ministry that changed the world and has the ability to change our lives…

(edited from Prepare: An Advent Devotional by Bethany Fellows and Cara Gilger)

Carrie Wright

Rev Carrie A. Wright Minister of Worship Arts / Associate Pastor

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