Preparing our heart for hope. How often do you perform a heart check-up?
Surprises can be pleasant, like an unexpected birthday party or a successful close on a big business deal. But they can also be unpleasant, like the pop quiz given at school or a sudden car accident. Will Christmas take me by surprise this year? The good news is that I know that he is coming and less than a month away.
Christ tells us, “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy and thus allow that day to catch you by surprise.” Advent is a time to wake up to Christ in our life. We need to prepare our hearts for his coming on Christmas morning so that he can be received by us with warmth and joy. Christ is the reason for the season. He is our hope.
Lord, help me during this Advent Season, to see that the priority in my life is preparing myself and those around me for a truly “spiritual” Christmas. I know it is a busy time of year. Help me remain focused on what is essential—you being born into my heart.Amen
Today, I will make sure that I have some form of daily Advent reminder for myself and those I live with so we can prepare our hearts for Christmas.