It is easy to get wrapped up in the logistical preparation of Advent: get fresh candles for the Advent wreath, hang garland around the front door, decorate the Christmas tree, address and mail Christmas cards.
In all this running around, I am missing something deeper. How do I prepare my heart to turn toward Jesus?
Psalm 119: 1-24; Isaiah 2: 1-11; Luke 20: 19-26
Psalm 63:1-8, 98; Isaiah 13: 6-13; John 3: 22-30
Psalm 26, 28; Isaiah 5: 13-17, 24-25; Luke 21: 29-38
Psalm 41, 52; Isaiah 8: 16-9: 1; Luke 22: 39-53
One of the hardest spiritual disciplines is to surrender control. Part of what makes it difficult is the discernment required to know when such surrender is what God requires. Think of the Serenity Prayer:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
Psalm 25; Isaiah 5: 8-12, 18-23; Luke 21: 20-28