There’s a question we tend to ask each other in December.
“Are you ready for Christmas?”
Last time, when a store clerk asked that question, I began mentally running down the list that seemed pinned to the forefront of my December thoughts.
A list full of presents needing to be bought and mailed; plays and parties to attend; meals to plan and goodies to bake.
So much to prepare and so much still to get ready.
Truth is, I’m one of those who takes the whole month to get ready. It’s not until we’re well into Thanksgiving leftovers that I begin to gather my kids’ Christmas lists and plan the annual Christmas card.
I love December for its beautiful fullness and the excited anticipation. It’s as if the whole world swells with collective expectancy in the countdown to Christmas.
But while checking off my to-do list might prepare my home for December 25th, it’s not what will prepare my heart for Christmas.
I think back to that first advent. For thousands of years, God had promised a Savior. Prophet after prophet had given precise details of His birth and the people waited with such hopeful anticipation.
But when the Savior was born, how many were really ready? In the bustling little village of Bethlehem, overwhelmed by census-travelers and census-takers, all but a few missed the sacred celebration of Jesus’ birth right in its midst.
Bethlehem didn’t even stir. Jerusalem never awakened. And Israel missed the long-anticipated birth of Jesus that night altogether.
Are you ready for Christmas?
I’m guest posting today at ChristyMobley.com about missing the sacred right in the midst of our December. Join me there?
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Unwrap the real Christmas story with your family this year with the 15-day Countdown to Christmas. This advent devotional brings the story of Jesus’ birth to light in an easy, hands-on way as you connect scripture and a daily devotional reading with one piece of your own nativity you build over 15 days. This advent book can be used alongside your own standard nativity or as a stand-alone devotional reading.
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