Christmas is all about preparing for the celebration of Jesus’ birth and all of the details that come along with that…planning menus for holiday dinners and parties; choosing outfits for pictures and performances; shopping, lots of shopping; decorations for trees and houses; making room in closets, attics and garages for hidden gifts and packages.
Advent is also all about preparing—your heart. Think of it as making room for Jesus.
Luke 2:7 tells us, “…there was no room for them [Mary and Joseph] in the inn.” No room. Every room taken, filled to the brim. That can often describe my life during this time of year. This year, I am vowing to make different choices so that I don’t crowd Jesus out.
It is very easy for me to be side-tracked and distracted with all of the preparations that need to be made, so I need to be more intentional. Maybe you can relate. Spending time daily in the Word and prayer, using an Advent devotional, writing in my journal, making time for solitude and setting aside more time to enjoy the people God has placed in my life are at the top of my to-do list this Christmas. It’s not so much about doing more—it’s about a change in perspective, focusing on the most important things and not forgetting why we celebrate.
Starting this Monday, and continuing on each Monday through Christmas, we’ll look at different ways that you can make room for Jesus this Christmas. I’ve invited some very special guests to share their thoughts with you; I know that you’ll be blessed by their stories.
I hope you will join me by making room for Jesus this Christmas. As the song says, “Let every heart prepare Him room.”
Enjoy a little music to get you in the Christmas spirit!