As a child I always loved the third Sunday of Advent, it was so special, the pink candle would be lit and only two weeks remained until that unbelievable day, Christmas. As an adult it is more daunting than exciting if I am thinking about the “gift exchange” part of Christmas. I have yet to purchase a gift, our family has been sick for 3 weeks now, and I have 2 weeks to do all the shopping in, eeekk!
However, also as an adult I can completely divide the two images of Christmas in my mind. Advent the time of waiting and preparing for Christ honestly has nothing to do with the purchasing of material possessions in my mind. It has everything to do with trying to better myself and open myself to His presence once more. I feel that God is present with me daily but preparing oneself for such a special day causes one to try harder, to walk taller, to self – examine and to open one’s heart more readily. So this third Sunday of Advent is special to me because I feel I have been preparing and I am so much closer now. How have you been preparing your heart for the birth of Christ?