I had trouble sleeping last night. Not terribly unusual for me but always unwelcome. As I tried to get back to sleep, I prayed for the people in my life that I know are facing struggles and difficulties. And as much as I love the Christmas season, I know it’s not a “Holly Jolly Christmas”for everyone all the time. And the thought ran through my head over and over, “this is what Advent is for.”
Advent simply means “coming,” so part of Advent is repentance that our sin was the reason that made His first coming necessary, but then comes the joyful celebration at Christmas that He DID come to redeem us. But also, we look ahead to His second coming. The fact that we live in this broken world and struggle with our own trials and difficulties makes us long for the time when Jesus will come again and make all things right.
That’s what Advent is for. Advent is for waiting. It’s a time for preparing our hearts. It’s a time for longing. It’s a time for hope.
I love the tree, and the lights and the happy songs and the nostalgic songs and all the fun times with friends. But I love finding the quiet too.
I put together a playlist for Advent. Songs new and ancient. Songs of waiting, hoping, calling out to God for help and songs that speak of Jesus, the coming light. Maybe it will be a way for your heart to “prepare Him room.” I pray it will be a blessing to you.