Happy New Year!!!
|Yes, I know the rose candle should be the third one. Yes, I was too lazy to fix it.|
No, I have not lost my calendar (or my mind). Yesterday was the first Sunday of the season of Advent, marking the beginning of the new liturgical year.
If you relate this time of year with stress, anxiety, crowded shopping malls, screaming sugar-induced children, insane drivers, and being ready to tear your car radio out if your favorite station plays "Jingle Bell Rock" for the one millionth time since before Thanksgiving, then I totally sympathize with you. Just remember, you can change the radio station... and you can change the way you spend the time before Christmas.
The Baby Jesus is born on Christmas Day, whether you're prepared or not. Whether you made the Christmas cookies, or gave everyone the right gift, or decorated your mantel according to the picture you found on Pinterest.
Babies ask for little; just food, clothing, and love. They ask for little, but somehow it demands our all. Our everything. Ask any parent; there are days when we feel like we have nothing left to give our children. God has been teaching me that when I have nothing left to give, I need to give more. When I can't go any farther, I need to go a little more. And when there just isn't any more room, I need to make more room.
Where is God calling you to make room during this Advent season?