Last Christmas I was honored to be asked to participate in an Advent series hosted by Christie Purifoy. The result was the following thoughts on preparing Him room, which is one of my favorite articles because it is so personal. Last Advent was a special time as we waited for Ava to arrive (and we had no idea she’d arrive on Christmas Day!) and prepared to celebrate Christ’s coming too. It is good to relive because even though I’m no longer great with child, I still am preparing room in my heart for the Advent of Christ. Today I’m sharing those same thoughts over at Ungrind.
Joy to the World! The Lord is come; Let earth receive her king; Let every heart prepare him room, And heaven and nature sing!
The song is so familiar that I barely notice the lyrics. I stream it from iTunes while making dinner.
But suddenly these words cause me to pause:
Let every heart prepare him room.
This December I am great with child.
My belly is swollen with a child that thumps and kicks and pulsates life. Three weeks out from the due date we are preparing room. The crib is set up; the clothes are washed and stacked in neat rows in a freshly painted white dresser. I’ve been here before. The preparing and waiting. The waiting and preparing.