Thursday, December 1, 2011

Preparing for Christmas



December 1st. Advent is here. The countdown to Christmas is official, though the decorations have been in stores since Halloween. When I was a kid, advent was a regular part of our Christmas preparation. We would have advent devotions, light a candle each week and we even had little boxed calendars that opened to a new treat each day. I am thankful for that tradition. But now, years later and living back at home again, I recognize the importance of it much more so than I did then. There is something special about taking the time to prepare our hearts for Christmas...

(The Christmas mouse! This calendar of ours used to hang in my Grandma's house.)

About a month ago, I watch the documentary, God Grew Tired of Us. It was an excellent film about a few of the Lost Boys of Sudan who survived the brutal civil war and fled their villages. These boys were eventually brought to America for a new life and it was interesting to see the transition. A part of the film that really stuck out to me is when one young man inquired about Christmas Trees and Santa Claus. He knew of Christmas, but he did not know of these other things. He said that in his country, they all would spiritually prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth. He could not understand what Santa Claus had to do with that. And you know what … I bet no one could answer him because, when faced with such a question, they probably couldn’t understand either.

I love Christmas trees and stockings, carols and gifts. I love going to Rockefeller Center this time of year and watching Home Alone and It's A Wonderful Life. I love spending time with family and friends. It's great to enjoy this season. However, in light of all the excitement and festivities and in the midst of all the preparations, I never want to forget to take the time to spiritually prepare my heart and think about the miracle of Christmas. The God of the Universe humbled Himself to come to the earth and save us. There is no greater love.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.John 3:16-17



8 comments:

Blessed Beyond a Doubt... said...

Thanks for sharing your heart. We celebrate advent each year, too.

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Jennifer Roth said...

Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Santosh Bangar said...

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nice writeup

jamiejoy said...

I love this post! How important it is for us to prepare our hearts to worship the King this Christmas. Thanks for the great reminder!

Kathleen said...

I miss doing the advent with my kids. They add so much but I love the tradition of lighting a candle and sharing the Christmas story. Thanks for sharing :)

Jennifer Roth said...

Thanks for sharing your comments, ladies. Praying you and your families are especially blessed with the Lord's presence this Christmas season. :)

Monique Zackery said...

I am so right there with you on this, Jenn! I enjoy Christmas traditions but this year my heart has been pulled to remember the real reason for CHRISTmas. :) I'm preparing my heart for the celebration of our Savior as well. Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer Roth said...

:)