Thursday, December 11, 2014

Preparing the Way (Five Minute Friday)

I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today's prompt is "Prepare." Write for five minutes; unedited.

"Prepare ye the way of the Lord."

My house is all prepared for Christmas. My tree is glimmering with Christmas lights as I type this. My television is on in the background. The Christmas cards are sitting on my kitchen table. They are addressed but I still need to finish them by printing and preparing the letter to be enclosed in the envelope with the car. My sister and I finished most of our Christmas shopping, but I still need to buy and prepare presents for my sister and my Mom. My nativity collection is displayed throughout my house. And every time I see a Nativity I am reminded of what this season is about.

This season is all about waiting and preparing for the birth of the Christ child. We prepare for the One who is the babe born in a stinky smelly stable in Bethlehem. We prepare for the One who comes as the light in the midst of the darkness. We prepare for the One who comes as an infant and then later dies on a cross for each and every one of us. We prepare for this precious infant who is the Way, the truth and the life.

This time of the year isn't all about who has the prettiest decorations or the most presents under the tree. This time of the year is for us to prepare our hearts for this holy one. On Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, as we hear again the story of this precious holy child we again prepare our hearts and minds to trust in this holy one. This holy one who the wise men came to see as they followed the star that would prepare the way for them. This holy one who prepares the world to know that he will come again to judge the living and the dead. This holy one who prepares us to know that he will bring about his justice and mercy.

So during this Advent season, may we all cling to the promise and prepare the way for this precious holy one who is born under the night sky in a manger in Bethlehem with Mary and Joseph by his side.

26 comments:

  1. Amen. It's not about US. It's about him. It's also so hard to remember that with all the Martha Stewarting going on around us ;).

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    1. It really is hard to remember with all the Martha Stewarting going on around us. But it really is about him and NOT US! :)

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  2. Yes, so thrilled to see everyone writing along the same lines. Now if only I'd learn to put all that knowledge into practice...

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  3. Yes, exactly! Preparing our hearts! Seems to be the overall theme for tonight! Love your blog friend!

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  4. Yes, he comes as light in our darkness. Wonderful words, and thank you for sharing in Five Minute Friday! x

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    1. Yes, he does come as the light in the midst of the darkness. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. It is always, ALL ABOUT HIM!

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  6. LOVE this, Tara! Let us prepare Him room!

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    1. Karrilee, thank you. Let us indeed prepare Him room!

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  7. Amen. Let us remember for whom we prepare.

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  8. Just the reminder I needed after a busy day getting ready for a Christmas party!

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    1. Barbara, glad this was a good reminder to you after a busy day preparing for a Christmas party.

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  9. I think we all need to be reminded sometimes that it's NOT about us. Thank you for doing that, today!

    Anastasia Rose
    walk-in-the-rain-with-me.blogspot.com

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    1. Anastasia, you are welcome! :)

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  10. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post on Preparing for Advent! Enjoy reading your blog posts!

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  11. Amen! May our focus and hearts be turned toward Jesus this Christmas :)

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    1. Sarah, yes, may our focus and hearts be turned toward Jesus.

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  12. I can picture your home - nativity all over the house? great idea

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    1. Just about every room has a Nativity of some kind in it. I started a Nativity collection when I was in college.

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  13. Let's prepare the way for His coming to our hearts!!! Thank you for your words, they help us center our minds in Him because without Him there's no Christmas

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    1. Sandra, thank you for stopping by. I am glad my words are a good reminder for you to center your mind on Jesus during this season.

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