Get ready while you wait
YOU'LL LIKELY HEAR the Christmas classic “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” at least once while rushing through some store or waiting in an endless checkout line this season. Perhaps it should be called “It’s the most stressful time of the year”! You barely got a chance to clear your plate at Thanksgiving and now it’s overflowing again with presents to buy, trees to trim, cleaning up and cooking to do, parties to plan, and holiday hype everywhere.
Amid all this rush of wonderful, stressful activity, it is easy to forget that you are also waiting—for a date on the calendar but, more than that, for what it represents: the birth of the Christ Child!
All this rushing around is a reminder that waiting for something important doesn’t mean standing still and doing nothing—waiting involves much preparation: preparing your heart, preparing for change and growth, preparing to celebrate a new beginning. So be patient with the process—whether you are waiting for the birth of Christ or guidance on the best path to follow him, take each necessary next step as you wait in hope and get ready!
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