Preparation

So have you started your Christmas preparations yet?  Even I have been forced to think about them earlier this year than I normally do!!!!   Though that frantic stage hasn’t quite been reached yet in the shops or with the round of activities, but as December approaches the calendar is getting full!

When life gets busy, when the pressure is on, when we are expected to produce meals AND smile, what is the first thing that goes?  Is it your ‘Quiet time’, your prayer time, those precious minutes with the Lord?  Too busy in the morning, the day too crammed and too tired at night?

Martin Luther, famously said:

“I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”

In the midst of the pressing crowds, the teaching, the healing, the travelling Jesus always withdrew to a quiet place to reconnect with His father.  How much more do we have to do this.  The busier we are, the more we need to withdraw to pray, to reconnect, to soak in God’s Word.

So in this Season of Preparation, let us not neglect our Quiet Times with the Lord, but make them a priority.  Let us be intentional in the setting aside of time, let us ‘make room in our hearts for Jesus’.

I love this Christmas Song by Casting Crowns, 

Casting Crowns feat. Matt Maher – Make Room Lyrics

Artist: Casting Crowns feat. Matt Maher

the family hiding from the storm
found no place at the keepers door
was for this a child was born
to save a world so cold and hallow
sleeping tight he did not know
lying in a manger low
the Savior king had no home
he’s come to heal our sorrow
is there room in your heart
is there room in your heart
is there room in your heart
for God to write his story…
Shepherd counting sheep at night
when they feels the glory light
you are precious in His sight
God has come to raise the lowly
is there room in your heart
is there room in your heart
is there room in your heart
for God to write his story
you can come as you are
it may sets you apart
when you make room in your heart
and trade your dreams for His glory
make room in your heart
make room in your heart
run and hold the promise tight
every wrong will be made right
road is straight the burden’s light
in His hands he holds tomorrow

is there room in your heart
is there room in your heart
is there room in your heart
for God to write his story
you can come as you are
it may sets you apart
when you make room in your heart
and trade your dreams for His glory
make room in your heart
make room in your heart
make room in your heart
make room in your heart

In the midst of the preparations, have you any room in your heart for Jesus?   The Preparation is to welcome Jesus in, to focus on the Saviour who was born to die for us. Let us not take our eyes off the reason for the Season, let us not become distracted by all the glitter, that we forget the stable and the cross

Are we too busy with all the preparation?   Then we are too busy NOT to pray!  How are you going to be intentional in your Quiet time this season? How are you going to prepare for the coming of the Saviour?

Is there room in your heart for God to write his story,  you can come as you are, it may sets you apart, when you make room in your heart, and trade your dreams for His glory

 

1 thought on “Preparation”

  1. It is easy for the most important part of preparing for Christmas to get squeezed out and we need to be intentional about not letting that happen! Thanks for sharing the Casting Crowns song. I love their music but I don’t think I’ve heard that one – I’ll need to check it out!

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