If Advent is a time of waiting for Jesus to come, then it’s safe to say that he has a lot of competition. We are bombarded by obligations, advertisements, elaborate plans, and a thousand other things to do, each elbowing their way into our lives and staking their claim.
Jesus wants to come in, but things are getting kind of crowded.
How hard it is to enjoy a silent moment, to sing a Christmas hymn from the heart, to feed on the life-giving words of scripture. I tried this last week and found myself thinking of roughly fifteen things that I could be doing with my time.
Chores, projects, and various other things to do: all fighting for a slice of my time, my attention, my life. And when I give myself to them, offer my time, let them come into my life, they take and take, never replenishing, never satisfying, never bringing me closer to where God wants me to be.
Who will we welcome during Advent?
I pray that we can all carve out a piece of our time to be with our Lord, to welcome him, to enjoy him, to discover the extraordinary thing it is to be with him. Jesus is not a commodity to be consumed, but rather a savior to be worshipped and enjoyed.
Praise God for quiet moments to meet with him.
Praise God for his patience and grace.
Praise God for the moment of surrender.