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Advent Meditation: Deck the Halls, Prepare our Hearts!

John 1:23
So he said, "I am, as Isaiah prophesied, 'A voice of one that cries out in the desert: Prepare a way for the Lord. Make his paths straight!'"

It was before Halloween this year when I first noticed the department stores setting out their Christmas decorations. I wondered how many hours would be spent by store clerks and mall employees preparing for this holiday we call Christmas. How many hours would be spent searching for the perfect gift, the right outfit, the exact ornament? And how many hours would be spent searching for the star in the heavens to guide our path, looking for the child, praying that we would recognize the savior when he appears? It is so clear to me that the world needs Christ. Christmas is big business, and we spin our wheels in the bustle of the holiday but do we find peace in the beauty of our celebration of that holy day? What would happen in our lives and the world if, this Christmas season, we spent as much time on our knees in prayerful preparation as we do on our feet in the shopping malls?
OH GREAT GOD, GUIDE US IN PREPARATION TO WELCOME JESUS,YOUR SON, INTO OUR HEARTS. AMEN.
from "A New Day in Christ" Daily devotional guide, shared by Charelle W.

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