Advent Devotion: The Joy of Preparation

Our Christmas season starts each year on Thanksgiving night Brothers, fathers, sons, and nephews—it’s really quite a site. The men do the dishes and to the lady’s earbuds peril
Sing each and every verse of every Christmas carol.

From that point on the only songs playing or on anybody’s voice
Is Christmas music, ‘cause that’s the music that’s everybody’s choice. The nativity scene is ready to go except for the wise men three
Each day they move a bit closer across the room on their epic journey.

Three pairs of baby shoes you will easily see
They’re the parental favorite ornaments on our Christmas tree. Those gingerbread creations came from our yearly competition Each intrepid team selects a theme and builds a limited edition.

We love our Christmas brunch it brings us Christmas cheer
It’s our favorite foods with our favorite people—it’s our favorite meal of the year. In fact if we had to pick our favorite tradition of all
It’s the cooking and baking we all do together as we laugh and have a ball.

Advent is the season of preparing for our Lord
The savior of us all, the One who is most adored.
Of all the advent candles celebrating the baby boy
For us, our family traditions match best with the candle joy.

By Dean & Holly Hering

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. ~Luke 2:8-10

The shepherds were simply doing what they always did. They were doing their job, maintaining their flocks, and protecting their livelihood. When the angels came it shocked them and clearly overwhelmed them. For some of us, this is an all too familiar feeling: Shocked Christmas is less than 2 weeks away, terrified we won’t get everything done in time, and overwhelmed with the responsibility we feel is on our shoulders.

The angels calmed the shepherds with these words, “ Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all of the people.” While it might be easy for us to see that we are preparing for joy, at times we can forget that we should be preparing with joy.

What moments during the Advent Season bring you the most joy? How can you prepare physically and spiritually, not just for but with the joy that Christ brings?

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