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Slowing Down During the Christmas Crunch

I am feeling it! It is Christmas crunch time! Fourteen more days and counting!

My Martha Stewart skills are severely suffering. I haven’t even decorated the tree….ugh!

But tonight is the night! I must begin to celebrate Advent, even though I am 15 days late.

I have taken the time today to slow down and to read a bit from a book by one of my favorite authors.

The savory smell of pot roast in the oven has been just a bit distracting,

not to mention it is making my stomach growl so loudly it “almost” woke my dog from her typical 24/7 snore fest coma.

Alas, I did manage to read the first chapter of the advent devotional “The Greatest Gift” by Ann Voskamp.

And it did not disappoint! I am ready! I have my Jesse tree ornaments printed and ready to go!

Let’s do this…better late than never, right? This is going to be great!

But wait…I have to wait…it is, after all, Advent. I am not good at waiting.

I want to eat the whole entire pot roast NOW!

But then I read, that Advent doesn’t actually mean waiting, it means ‘coming’ in the Latin.

“Christ comes right to your Christmas tree and looks at YOUR family tree (as broken as it is) and says,

‘I am your God, and I am one of you, and I’ll be the Gift, and I’ll take you. Take Me?’…

And there He is–the Exquisite Gift–cut and given for us, broken.

The Gift who hung on a Tree for us, cut off.

The Gift who was pierced for you, wounded–your wounded willing God,

who unfolds Himself on the Tree as your endless, greatest Gift.”

Oh, yes, I can gladly wait. I don’t want to miss His coming.

I will choose to unwrap the Exquisite Gift of Advent.

Slowing down for Advent

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