The Advent Season is the time to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Beginning the fourth Sunday before Christmas and concluding on Christmas Eve, Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation. The message in this week’s bulletin at church explains how the preparation needs to take place.
Spiritual preparation for Christmas is far more important than the cooking, cleaning, shopping, decorating, and wrapping with which we fill our days. Here’s a prescription to help: Set aside thirty minutes every day to sit still in silence, and to pray, read, and ponder this week’s Advent scripture texts. Zephaniah 3:14-20; Isaiah 12:2-6; Philippians 4:4-7; and Luke 3:7-18
Last week’s sermon also encouraged setting aside daily time to pray, ponder, and read texts from the Bible. The passages assigned last week were Malachi 3:1-4; Luke 1:68-79; Philippians 1:3-11; and Luke 1:3-6. While I read these verses and thought about them, I did not set aside thirty minutes daily.
This week’s plan…make time!