Over the years I have graduated, somewhat, from being Martha (the sister who ran circles around Jesus cooking, cleaning and serving) to being more like Mary (the sister who chose, instead, to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to Him).
You probably wouldn't have said that, though, if you saw me yesterday as I was a force to be reckoned with as I zoomed around the house with my roaring vacuum cleaner. Topper, the young pup, got into a play bow and barked relentlessly at the dust-bunny sucking beast. He jumped playfully from couch to floor to chair and back again. Oh what fun!!
Zoe, my senior gal who is deaf, would saunter into whatever room I was vacuuming and proceed to lie in the middle of the floor and would peacefully doze as I tried to vacuum around her. Couldn't they see I was on a mission here?
I became frustrated and huffily pulled the cord out of the socket. Right at that moment I gazed upon the baby Jesus in my Nativity scene. I was frantically preparing my home for earthly people to visit, but was I preparing my home, my heart for my Savior who is coming?
At some point we will all be Innkeepers asked if we have room in our hearts for Jesus?
What have I done to prepare my heart for Christ's coming during this Advent season?
Every year this is a struggle for me as I fight the urge to get caught up in the world's vision of preparation, when what my heart desperately craves is to be still and focus my eyes upon Jesus.
This year I had the special blessing of a mystery elf...more like one of God's angels, who sent me a copy of Ann Voskamp's "The Greatest Gift - Unwrapping The Full Love Story Of Christmas". It is a daily Advent devotional that retraces the epic pageantry of humankind from Adam to the Messiah. It offered me time for reading, prayer and reflection as I got to Abide in Christ as I traveled, step by step, one day closer to the wonderful celebration that is Christmas.
This was not an easy task and yes there were times when I was nodding off to sleep as I heard God whispering in my ear. Most mornings I set my alarm at 5am. to be able to get in my time alone with my Creator. What I found was that I was revived, remade, rekindled, redeemed. I sat at His feet...and I listened.
My home may not be ready for company, but my heart is. This Christmas I am having a heart that whispers, "Come Holy Jesus".
Company is coming and though they may need to sign their initials in the dust on my coffee table, my heart is ready to embrace them. Celebrating Advent in this way is by far the best Christmas present that I've ever given myself.
Since I will have company for awhile, I'm taking some time off from my blog. Never fear...like dirty laundry, I'll be back. Meanwhile I offer the Light of scripture to warm your heart this Christmas:
The people who walk in darkness
will see a great light.
For those who live in a land of deep darkness,
a light will shine...
For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His government and its peace
will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne
of his ancestor David
for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven's
will make this happen!
(Isaiah 9:2, 6-7)
May you be blessed with a Christmas that wraps you in God's embrace and whispers, "I love you dear child. I love you enough to send you a Savior to save you from yourself. Seek my truth with an open mind and you will find Me. Open your heart, and I will enter in."
In His love,
Christmas at Redeemer Christian School, Pakistan:
"When you light a dark world and the unexpected places with a brave flame of joy; when you warm the cold, hopeless places with the daring joy that God is with us, God is for us, God is in us; when you are a wick to light hope in the dark - then you believe in Christmas." (Ann Voskamp)
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