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Friday, Third Week of Advent

A voice cries out:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together…
-- Isaiah 40:3-5

Preparing for Eternal Things

I’ve spent the last four months studying abroad in Brasil. While I loved every moment there, I had a really hard time getting into the holiday spirit. I saw a Christmas tree in a mall, and my cheese vendor on the beach rocked a nice Santa hat with his speedo. However, every time I tried to listen to Christmas music, I felt like I was celebrating Christmas in July. All I wanted was to drink a chai latte by my fireplace with a sugar cookie in hand and the soft twinkling of Christmas lights in the distance.

The holiday spirit and the spirit of Advent are two different things. Preparation for the holidays— the shopping, the decorating, the cooking—is fine. Our traditions are important, and our ideal of the perfectly white Christmas is understandable. However, having all of these things in place is not the same as being prepared for the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thankfully for me, preparation for His birth is a little less demanding of the weather.

Christmas is not just a time for festivity and merry making. It is more than that. It is a time for the contemplation of eternal things. –James Cash Penney

-- Leah Krause '14