Preparing My Heart

English: Sheep feeding at trough in winter

Today, at A Holy Experience, we are writing about the practice of preparing.

You’d think this would be right up my alley….something I am good at. Preparing is usually “my thing”. Organization. Checking things off the to do list.

Am I prepared?

I wonder.

I’ve always loved the Christmas season, from the time I was a very young child. The decorating. The parties. The holiday home tours and the smell of freshly baked cookies. The classic holiday movies, and buying a gift for those special people in my life. Candlelight Christmas Eve services and Joy to the World.

But, am I prepared?

Silent Night

Holy Night

All is calm

All is bright.

A King born into the most humble of circumstances.

This Child came to prepare the way, for us all.

His journey would lead from a smelly stable manager to a rough wooden cross and finally, to an empty tomb.

From life, to death, to life again.

From His new birth...to our own.

Think about that.

With Him all things are made new.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

As the days grow darker, and colder…and the frenzy of Christmas is upon me…my desire is to step back,

and take time to prepare my heart.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6 NIV

To Behold The Indescribable

 

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Jesus came.

He……came.

The first to hear of his arrival were the shepherds.

The poor. The dirty. The ones who smelled of animals.

And yet, it was, they that were chosen.

Chosen, to behold the indescribable.

They were witness to the One that would change the world.

And change them in the process.

He came… for us too.

Those that live the ordinary lives. The average Joes. The ones that are just putting one foot in front of the other on most days.

The miracle of Christ’s birth is still as real today as it was over two thousand years ago.

Won’t you join me this season in experiencing the same awe that the shepherds had on that night?

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Luke 2:10 NIV

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Thankful on this Monday for….

*cold rain

*seasonal temperatures

*a warm sweatshirt and cozy socks

*my Christmas music on Pandora

*decorating

*hot coffee

*a new pine scented candle

*Christmas season

*Christ’s coming

*Silent Night, Holy Night

***Thank you for your patience over the past several days, while I was busy and not blogging. I enjoyed a day of thanks giving, some crazy shopping, and a great family get together to celebrate a niece’s engagement. All good…and I am thankful.***