The 4th Sunday of Advent doesn’t always fall on Christmas Eve, but this year both land on the same day. As the season of Advent ends, new beginnings arrive in a manger in Bethlehem. For those of us that compartmentalize our lives, it seems that we need to tie up Advent nice and tidy before we venture into the Christmas season. This year I am looking at the two seasons with new eyes. God is challenging me to see Advent as something that doesn’t need to end because the calendar now says it’s Christmas.
Throughout Advent, I reached for Jesus in the quiet. Each moment of quiet was a gift. Somedays it looked like a few minutes and other days God granted me a perseverance I didn’t know I possessed. God called me to lean in, listen and learn. I found that this is a discipline that I am still learning but God is patient.
God asked me to intentionally invite Him into the quiet stillness. I wrote about this last week as I reflected on sacred intentionality. It’s one thing to sit in the quiet, but you add a deeper layer when you desire God’s presence.
This week, on the 4th Sunday of Advent, God whispers make room. When I first heard those words, I took it to mean making room in my heart for God. As I contemplated the thought more I heard God share the idea of being Advent people all year round.
I want to be the innkeeper who hangs an “open” sign all year round. Being Advent people allows us to invite Jesus into our daily quiet time. It’s not just a four-week proposition but a lifetime of love.
May my heart always welcome Jesus and make room for Him to reside. Today I am hanging the “open” sign and welcoming Jesus all year round.
I pray you all find the space to welcome Jesus into your hearts. Make room this Christmas and never let go of the love that Jesus brought one silent night two thousand years ago.
Christmas Blessings, sweet friends! See you in the new year!
Here are the words from Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift that I share in the video.
We only find out where we are when we find out where He is. We only find ourselves… when we find Him. We lost ourselves at one tree. And only find ourselves at another.
Wise men are only wise because they make their priority the seeking of Christ.
All our moments, all our waking – all the globe is a looking glass to God, and the wise keep seeking the presence of Christ in a thousand places, because you only come to yourself when you come to Him. Ann Voskamp
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