Best of Intentions

I always start out with the best of intentions. This year I was going to have all my Christmas shopping done before December 1st. And I started out well: when I visited family in Ohio at the end of October, I did take most of those gifts with me and saved all the shipping. But then November came along and well, I haven’t done much shopping at all. So here it is almost December 1st and I’m not going to be there. Sigh.

But, I’ve decided to cut myself some slack and let it go. I’ll try to get back on track and get it done soon and even if not, remember that it’s o.k. Because I really do want to have time to enjoy the season, to embrace Advent so that when Christmas comes I’ll be anticipating with joy. I want to practice waiting, not rushing. I want to experience God coming to us through the activities of the month. I want to live with joy and not beat myself up for not meeting some crazy self-imposed expectations. 

Advent – means coming or visit. I want to be ready for Jesus, not just ready for a nap or for the “holidays” to be over. I want Jesus. That’s my prayer for this season of Advent. God, I don’t think I can do it by myself…but I know you can help me if I let you.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9:00 or 10:30 a.m. to being the season of Advent together!

Grace and peace,

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