Monday, December 22, 2008

Preparation

Preparations for Christmas began weeks ago! Today, it's hard to believe that Christmas is just a few days away? Remember when you were a kid and Christmas took forever to arrive? Remember when we were kids and all we had to do was wait... wait for Christmas to arrive! Now that we are "grown up" it seems as if the waiting and anticipation has been replaced by the busy preparations of buying gifts, making cookies, cleaning our homes... all of which are imporatant when put into the right perspective. Most of the holiday preparations fall on the shoulders of the woman. The pressure to prepare the "perfect" Christmas, stage the best party, serve the best food wrap the prettiest presents... it's easy to miss out on the true beauty and meaning of this season if your heart isn't prepared. Preparing our homes is important, but most important, preparing our hearts for the coming of the Christ Child.

As I have been making my Christmas preparations I have been reflecting on Mary. Thinking about how different her preparations were for that very first Christmas. She didn't have to put lights on a tree... God provided a star! She didn't have to worry about where to host a party, God provided it for her... and the Country Inn was not the place. She didn't have to worry about the invitation list... God invited the shepherds, angels and the Magi. Yes, Mary's preparation was much different. She was preparing for the birth of her first son... God's son, God incarnate. Can you imagine what must have been going through her mind? Ponder that for a moment. A young girl, heavy with child. Preparing for birth. Not in the comforts of a hospital, but a cold stall in Bethlehem. Rigourous travel has made her even more weary.

Yes, the first Christmas preparations were much different than the preparations of today. But we can still prepare for the coming of Christ, both as an infant and also for His triumphant return! The first Christmas hostess delivered the ultimate Christmas gift, giving birth to God's son. Emmanuel...

Joy to the World
The Lord is Come
Let Earth receive Her King!
Let EVERY Heart
PREPARE Him Room....

I love this song and I hope you enjoy the words as you view scenes from the movie "The Nativity Story". If you have yet to see the movie, I urge you to watch it this Christmas season!



Much Love to you all... Preparing my Heart!

10 comments:

On Purpose said...

Merry Christmas Kristen!

Gina said...

Beautiful post, thank you.

Kim said...

What a beautiful post! All so true. Oh how I pray that we will all be able to first prepare our hearts before all the stuff. Thanks for this great reminder today Friend. And PS I LOVE the Nativity Story!!!

Christy said...

Merry Christmas Kristen and we will get this blog get together on the calendar for sure! I can't wait!!!

Paula said...

LOVE that movie! Have a wonderful Christmas!

Sarah said...

Merry Christmas friend! Have a wonderful holiday!

Donna's Book Nook said...

Have a blessed Christmas. Thanks for the wonderful post. Donna

much2ponder said...

Very sweet; this video sets the stage for preparing our hearts. Thanks so much. My daughter and I watched this movie not long ago, but I think we will make a point of watching it now through the eyes of a heart that is being prepared....Praise Him!

Letters From Midlife said...

You'll be happy to know I'm more in the Christmas spirit now! lol! I didn't do a lot of decorating but enough to remind me of the joy of the season as I reflect on Immanuel, God with us.

Kelly said...

Kristen,

I love your blog. Breath of Heaven was sang Christmas Eve in our Church by a good friend of mine. This is very special. My brothers also sang hymns that night too.

God Bless.

Kelly (contessa cafe)