Prepare for something new! We go through Advent expectantly. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, only a few knew that a miracle had occurred and that it was just the beginning of something the world had never seen before. While the plan had been in place since the earth started turning, the course of time had to flow as scheduled, in order to prepare us for that precise moment when the new direction could be revealed.
God continues to make a way for us today, out of the wilderness of confusion, the dry paths of hopelessness, and into a flood of purpose and contentment. His greatest creation was a baby, whose life and sacrifice would make it possible for us to start again fresh, out of rubble and ruin. Prepare your heart this Christmas for something new – it has been prepared for you!
Start a new tradition this year. It may be a small thing like a family outing to a tree farm, going caroling at a nursing home, or having children create an ornament for the Christmas tree. On the other hand, it may be something big. Perhaps the children have grown up and moved away or a loved one is missing. If the old customs are broken, you can approach this season as an opportunity.
If you are not going to be surrounded by family this Christmas, you can give your time to allow others to be with theirs, or you can serve a holiday meal at a community center, or bring some Christmas cheer to families that are spending the holiday in the hospital with sick children or to the nurses that must work to care for them. Giving of yourself as a new tradition can heal the sting of loss of traditions now gone.
Sue Breland, Worship For One: Advent Emmanuel ©