Sunday, December 07, 2008

A No-Panic Advent, Part X: Don't forget

It's the second Sunday of Advent. We've begun our preparations for Christmas, our favorite Advent observations are in place or are unfolding, and if they're not, we're not panicking.

We're savoring the liturgical season, we're reading beautiful (and sometimes goofy, as Atticus reminded me in this comment) books with the kids, and we're teaching them about watching, waiting, and preparing for the Lord.

But, what are we doing for ourselves?

I will grant you that all of the things we do for our children during Advent are done for us, too. We can benefit enormously from the books we read, the talks we have, the thought and consideration we give to our preparation. But, sometimes, it isn't enough, or it isn't exactly what we need. God wants not only for our children to be prepared but for us mothers to be ready, too.

During these weeks before Christmas, don't forget to do something for your own spiritual growth.

What do you want to do?

What do you need to do?

It doesn't have to be monumental. It just needs to draw you closer to the One who came for you, lived and died for you, and wants you to be with Him for all eternity.

What might help?

  • A book you've been meaning to read
  • More time with Scripture
  • A single Scripture verse on which to meditate ("The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His name," from Luke 1:49 can lead to endless, grateful meditation ....)
  • A saint's biography or a collection of quotes from the saints
  • An extra five or ten minutes of prayer a day
  • A promise to give up complaining
  • A promise to give up something else until the joy of Christmas arrives
  • Daily devotional readings for the season


You know what it is for you, and I know what it is for me.

Remember: not only are we awaiting His arrival ....

He's waiting for us.

(The painting: The Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1859-1937.)


Eileen said...

Oh, I'm so glad to see you added a "No Panic Series" label, so I can put all of these wonderful posts in one easy-to-access place!!!

Thank you so much for the effort and insight you are putting into this series. It's been so helpful on so many levels -- and with this post, you've hit on something that hadn't even really occured to me at all.

Well done, I say! And thank you! :)

Karen E. said...

Oh, Eileen, thank you! I added a quick link in the sidebar, too, though I hope to get more time later today to clean it up and put the posts in order.

A blessed Advent to you and yours!