Saturday, November 29, 2014

A Holy Season Wrapped in Hope; Practiced In Waiting - Day #20 of Thankfulness

The Thanksgiving decorations are packed in the attic. 
Leftovers stacked in the fridge. 
Memories tucked away. 
A grateful heart.
Ready now,  for the Season of Advent.
The practice of gratitude paving the way. 

A time of Preparation.
The days leading up to the celebration of the birth of Christ. 
We prepare for so many tasks, attention to careful details. 
Shopping lists, and daily planners. 
Packing lists and Christmas lists. 
All in preparation; 
second nature as we move through the rhythm of the day. 
Choices and priorities made; spurred by the necessity of the task. 
Yet the preparation of our heart often neglected.
The inner sanctuary pushed aside; overlooked.
The soul. 
Become awake to the stirring. 
The waiting.
God incarnate. 
He became flesh. 
For us. 

Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

He left the comfort of the Holy; the presence of the Almighty,
to humble himself on our behalf. 
So that we may benefit. 
Born in a manger; a commoner's son. 
With the lineage of the Royal. 
In this Season we press on.
Our hearts softened to the guiding of the Holy Spirit. 
A time for inner growth. 
My tired, aching soul longing for communion with the One who came and touched earth. 

A Holy Season wrapped in hope; practiced in waiting. 

I am thankful for:
family and friends gathered around the farmhouse table
days of preparation
the warm glow of Christmas lights
the excitement of children and their love of tradition
lessons learned when farm life changes plans
my farmer who is still willing to try to find a tree, long after the sun has set
a soul that longs to seek Christ first in all things
the shimmer of freshly fallen snow
the moments just before dawn
a warm home on a very chilly morning
the promise of being held
the hope of what's to come
strength for this day
grace given freely that I might live

How do you prepare for the Birth of Christ? 
How do you let him dwell richly in your Season of Advent? 

Psalm 107:1
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, 
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

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