Christmas is my favorite holiday, hands down. Over the past few years, my love for it has taken on a whole new meaning. No longer is it about cards, presents, parties, shopping, and stress. Don’t get me wrong, I have always known the true meaning of Christmas. Jesus is the reason for the season! However, as my relationship with God continues to grow, I understand better the true hope of Christmas. After a long period of silence from God, news broke that the much anticipated Savior had arrived! Humble beginnings, the Son of God lay in a manger because there was no room for Mary and Joseph anywhere else.
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger because there was no place for them in the inn. Luke 2:7, NRSV
Tears fill my eyes every time I reflect on that Scripture. The truth? There’s still no room for Jesus.
Advent is a time to prepare our hearts for the hope that accompanied the birth of Jesus. He is our redemption plan. Without Him, we will never get to God. He came down, was born in a manger, and died a criminal’s death for us. We have hope of eternal life because of Jesus. This is a joyous time!
And yet, our calendars fill up with Christmas shopping, school activities, parties, entertaining, cleaning, cooking, and preparing for company or travels. I am so busy! It’s the mantra of moms in December.
Just as Joseph and Mary did many years ago, Jesus knocks and looks for a place to go. He’s standing at your heart, knocking, waiting to be invited in.
Do you hear Him?
Does your schedule allow you to hear Him?
Make room. Make Him a priority this Advent season. Spend time each day reflecting on the hope of Christmas.
I am doing an Advent study called For All by Sacred Holidays. God is speaking to me through it, and I am excited to see what He does in me over the next few weeks. You can order a guide here and join me! There are also numerous Advent reading plans on You Version. Head here and you can find a plan to write out Scripture. This is an amazing way to connect and meditate on God’s Word. I followed this guide a few years ago.
I have committed to create an image every day of the Advent study to share with my friends on the blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Join me on any of these!