Advent

It was the whole point wasn’t it?

His coming? To restore, redeem, mend all that is so very broken in us; in this old world.

Christmas, if we cut everything else away isn’t it only about REDEMPTION?

I am wondering, what does it mean to join in this work? How do we settle into the plan He has for this family, the good He intends for our lives to bring to the world?

Last week I looked at my calendar, then promptly went to the corner where I huddled in the fetal position and wept. Introverts like me get overwhelmed by the very thought of too many people, too many expectations. I will tell you in advance, I am not going to meet them for you. Then, as I cuddled and cried I remembered that this, this busy? This burden? This is the opposite of what HE has for me this season as I wait for him.

This month? Is only about redemption.

If it doesn’t mend or heal or join His great work, I am turning it down. If it is more about busy than being a blessing? I am walking away.

For me, this month will be about weak relationships pulled back together to strong.

It will be about a tired husband inspired to rest.

It will be about a little family in the woods that needs stronger bonds, slower days.

It will be about memories, but not pressure.

I will bake when my kids want to bake with me,

and when I don’t feel like cleaning the kitchen for the 20th time? I will buy things, instead of thinking I am letting someone down by not making it from scratch. My husband? Will cheer.

I am not going to plan our two weeks off as an opportunity to ‘catch up on things around here’. The only thing that needs to be ‘caught’ is life well spent.

I am not going to get stressed out when you come over. I am going to enjoy the gift of your company and look forward to contemplating what God has in store for us as he draws us together.

I will sit quiet and not rush into the next ‘big thing’. Even as I prepare for our trip to Kenya with World Vision I will spend more time contemplating how He can use us for redemptive purposes then making to do lists.

I will ask Him, where is your heart for these days? How can I join you in it?

I will rediscover Wonder, because that is how I want my children to remember mom at Christmas. Wonder-bound and doing everything I can to bring tiny bits of Peace on Earth. That tree that sits crooked (and huge) in my living room, with bottom heavy ornaments? I’m leaving it just as it is and each day when my boy runs in gasping, asking to add more? I will let him and we will lay down under it and look up and think about all the beauty we can find, even in the broken.

 

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7 thoughts on “Advent

  1. Amen! I stand challenged and encouraged. What a beautiful thought, if it doesn’t join in his work, walk away.

    I am amazed by your tree. I can’t imagine how you were able to decorate it!

  2. Wonder-bound… love all you had to say. Thanks for sharing and inspiring and putting the focus on Jesus and what He has in store for us. Bless you Melissa ~ Merry Christmas beautiful lady.

  3. If it doesn’t mend or heal or join His great work, I am turning it down. If it is more about busy than being a blessing? I am walking away.

    i have rarely read a more powerful post about christmas. do you mind if i share this on my blog, this monday? if this is okay with you, could you email the post/photo to me at wierenga.emily@gmail.com. love you girl.

  4. What a beautiful message…Weall need to focus on what is really important… Do wnat you to know that you will be remembered on your trip and I pray the Sovereign \god will be with you boh and protect you and give you favor and mercy as you step out into this new venture.. Blessings

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