The idea of slowing down, of pausing at the time of year that our hectic lives become even more so, can seem daunting and is definitely counter cultural. Yet Advent is as season of waiting, as Simeon did, we eagerly wait for the Messiah to come (Luke 2:25).
We have a choice this advent:
To make our lives busy, filling them with noise and distraction preparing for the outward festivities.
To slow down, and spend some time preparing our heart.
The reality is that as with everything in life balance is required. We do need to make outward preparations, but finding time to slow down and enables us to prepare our hearts; to invite Jesus into our lives a bit more fully than before.
However we prepare for Christmas over the next few weeks, let us take time to ask God, 'What do you want to say to me this advent to prepare my heart?' and 'what do you want me to do and say this advent to help others prepare their hearts?'
Jesus is coming soon! ( Rev 22:20), so let us pray:
Master of both light and darkness, send Your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.
We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear Your voice each day.
We who are anxious over many things look forward to Your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of our kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of Your presence.
We are Your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.
To You we say 'Come Lord Jesus'