The second week of advent light the hope candle and the second candle. My advent guide calls this candle Preparation, and recalls the Christmas story as told in Luke 2.
Each Christmas I plan. I plan how and when to decorate. I plan menus and treats to be given to friends and family. I plan! Sometimes my planning becomes all consuming and I miss the more important things. This year I want to plan with a more focused goal. I want to experience the season with wonder and anticipation. I want to meet Christ in all my celebrating.
I am sure Mary and Joseph were filled with wonder at what God was doing through them. As a mother I can imagine how Mary must have felt. Confused. Excited. Scared. A great mass of emotion on a roller coaster! This season has been similar for Marshall and I. He underwent neck surgery to fuse some vertebrae. As we faced the surgery together I was filled with mixed emotions. Questions swirled in my mind. Will the surgery be successful? Will there be complications? Is the Doctor and medical team competent? Will l be a good caregiver during his six week recovery? More importantly will he be a good patient?
The surgery has come and we are now in the recovery stage and I am glad to say all is going well. However the surgery did affect my plans this year. Since Marshall is limited to picking up things weighing ten pounds or less putting up our large tree is not going to happen. Having to alter usual my holiday plans has forced me to look at the way we celebrate our Savior’s birth. While keeping as many of our family traditions as possible I plan to focus on the blessings of celebrating with family and friends.
As I read the Christmas story in the gospel of Luke this verse stands out.
“And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”
Luke 2:7 NASB
I plan to make room for Jesus this Christmas!
Written by Susan