“Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her king; let ev’ry heart prepare him room…” Isaac Watts
Yikes! So much undone cookie baking, gift shopping, package mailing and house cleaning! The first two weeks of Advent felt reflective for me. I wasn’t worried about Christmas actually arriving; I just focused on the spirit of waiting and awakening. Now, I grow weary and unfocused. I have to remind myself that the work of preparing my heart, making room for this infant God in my life, is not a seasonal activity. Learning to receive God’s gifts of joy, even amid lives filled with stress or sorrow or sin, is the work of a lifetime.