In two days Advent begins and with it comes that stress-inducing question: Are you ready for Christmas? Those words produce a flurry of images—shopping, decorating, baking, Christmas cards, and list making—that sends chills of expectations through my soul. I’m overwhelmed before I begin. How will I ever do it all?
So I’ve decided that when anyone asks me that question, no matter what I’ve done or haven’t done, I’m going to say “YES!” Because I am ready to celebrate Christ’s birth.
An Advent Prayer
Jesus, I am ready.
I am ready to meet you daily…
reflect on your birth,
and notice how your story impacts mine.
I am ready to be silent…
and let myself adore you.
I am ready to wonder.
How would you like to be celebrated?
What gifts shall we give?
I am ready to let go…
of things on my list that aren’t on yours.
I am ready to gather with others…
to sing, worship, and celebrate.
I am ready to welcome and receive…
all of who you are
and all of who I am.
And that means…
I am ready to do all these things
the only way I can—
imperfectly and inconsistently.
Come thou long-expected Jesus.
Don’t wait until I’m ready.
* * *
Looking for some new reflective readings for Advent?
Popcorn with a Spoon will be posting daily Advent readings called Face to Face. It is a compilation of family friendly (but not dumbed down) reflections written by six women from New Life Community Church in Burnaby, B.C., Canada: Kelly Dycavinu, Esther Hizsa, Susan Horikiri, Tanya Eichler, Kathy Krahn, and Linda Smythe.
If you would like to download the booklet here.
Godspace will be posting reflections under the theme Coming Home: Uncovering our Roots in the Advent Story. Contributors are from around the world—Australia, South Africa, Britain, U.S. and Canada—so will share a great array of perspectives that will be both thought-provoking and enriching. Periodically they will also add music, prayers and liturgies. You will also be able to access it on Facebook.
I have contributed guest posts on both blogs (Godspace: Monday Dec 2; Popcorn with a Spoon: the first one will be on Friday Dec 6). I will let you know when my other reflections are published.