Advent · Preparing

He comes quietly…

He came so quietly…
after more than 400 years of silence…

Until that day… the only assurance of His presence:
His Word… and the dawning of each new day…

I wonder… with all the prophetic Word…
How did so many miss Him…?

How do so many miss Him still…?
How often do I miss Him…? day to day…?
His presence…? His Word to me…?

A priest… and his wife…
a virgin… and her betrothed…
shepherds… with their sheep…
wise men… from the east…

These are the few… who received the Word… of His coming…
the ones… with hearts prepared…
to hear… and believe…
to see… and follow…

What does it mean… to prepare for Him today…?
To fully receive…? to worship rightly…?

In the days leading up to Christmas… how do you prepare…?

Are you prepared to hear…? believe…?
when He comes quietly…?

Most preparations… are those that are seen…
trees decorated… gifts wrapped…
candles prepared to light…
doors wreathed…

To date I’ve done a few… and yes more will come…
But… what about the unseen…? the heart…?

Preparing a heart… for His quiet coming…
to acknowledge His presence…
hear His voice…
over the noise of the Season…
that’s the challenge…

The noise is not just external…
there is internal noise too…

How do you silence the noise of a stirred up heart…?
worry…
bitterness…
anger…
fear…
unforgiveness…
just to name a few…?

Remember… He comes quietly… at least for now…
How do you prepare to hear…? see…? receive…?

Make room for Him…
the One who comes quietly…
in the muted colors of a sunset…

Invite Him in…
the One who knocks…
trust His love… and grace…

I don’t want to miss Him this year…
My desire is to point others to Him as well…

Lord… show me… teach me… prepare me…
to hear… see… receive… and follow…
when He comes quietly…
…and [Mary] gave birth to her firstborn, a son.
She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn.
Luke 2:7

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