preparing…for Advent?

My Novembers are busy these days. They bleed into December, and before I know it, the month is well under way.

Advent is a time of preparation, of remembering the coming of Christ, of hoping for his return.

Often I forget about it until I’m already in it.

Do I now need to prepare myself for Advent – to prepare for the preparation?

Christmas has been in the shops for a while. We’re used to grumbling about it: too soon, too soon.

But perhaps I need to use this to think – to remind myself – it will come more quickly than I think.

Have I made room – room to prepare, to reflect, to remember? Not to write cards, decorate the house, go this or that party, buy and wrap presents but to take a breath, inhale a moment of stillness and say:

I will remember, here in the madness of my world, the God who came and lived among us.

How much have you already scheduled in for December? Have you made space for a different kind of preparation?

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