In a “Peanuts” cartoon, good old Charlie Brown says to Linus, “Life is just too much for me. I’ve been confused from the day I was born. I think the whole trouble is that we’re thrown into life too fast. We’re not really prepared.”
And Linus asks, “What did you want . . . a chance to warm up first?”
The Advent season is supposed to be our chance to warm up. It’s that time to prepare our hearts and homes for the birth of the Christ child. It’s that time when we put all the decorations in their place, the presents are bought and wrapped, the cards sent out and received, and we get ready for Christmas Day.
But if we aren’t careful, the time of preparation will be over and the big day will be here and it will be just another day. We’ll finish opening all the gifts; the room will be strewn with scraps of wrapping paper and ribbon; the turkey or ham will have put up a valiant fight but be nothing but leftovers; and we’ll be parked in front of the TV watching one of the football games.
Then all of a sudden that empty feeling will hit us. That feeling of “What’s the use?” that Charlie Brown was feeling – that something was missing……as if we were thrown into Christmas too fast. That’s when we’ll realize we needed time to warm up. That is what Advent is all about – time to warm up!!
Thanks to Billy D. Strayhorn. And thanks to Unsplash for the photo.
Do YOU realize that YOU need time to warm up during Advent with Christmas coming?
SUDDENLY I REALIZED THAT EVERY SINGLE THING IN MY LIFE IS FLEETING, AND ONLY GOD IS ETERNAL!!
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