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“Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.” —Matthew 24:42
Prepare Him Room
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In case you’re wondering, the most wonderful time of the year isn’t Christmas, it’s Advent.
There’s something about waiting for Christ to come into the world. It’s full of hopeful anticipation in a way nothing else really is.
I know. This time of year can be hectic and crazy, but it can also be peaceful and expectant.
In Advent we take time to “prepare Him room.” So what does that look like?
At the end of our time in worship together yesterday, I read a poem from Kelly Ann Hall, and in it, she reflects on Advent from the perspective of Christ.
I was especially caught by the passage near the end where Christ asks us to make room – like the innkeeper in the Christmas story:
Allowing just one more family
his last bit of room.
Just enough for me.
Oh that is just lovely.
What would it look like to make just enough room for Christ this Advent?
That we use our time to prepare ourselves, to make a little extra space in our lives, so that when Christ DOES come, we are ready.
Questions to Ponder or Discuss
1. What things in your life make the arrival (the Advent) of Christ difficult?
2. What things could you remove in order to leave space for Christ to come and enter in?
We wrote “Advent lists” yesterday, lists of things we wanted Christ to take away, like the “thief in the night” we hear about in Matthew’s Gospel.
So that’s your job this week – reflect on what you can let go of, what you remove from your life in order to be prepared for the coming of Christ this Christmas?
Make your own Advent list if you weren’t with us in worship.
And if you were here and wrote your list, save it, add to it, and put it somewhere you can see it, to remind yourself to continually Prepare Him Room.