I barely remember how it started, now so far into making Advent a tradition of my own. But for the past several years, before I decorated the tree or baked the cookies, first, I dug out the wreath and prayer book, purchased the candles, and began preparing my heart.

What is it about Advent that makes Christmas a more meaningful celebration? Is it the purposeful progression through December leading up to the holiday? Partly. I think of all the trips I have taken in which the expectation and planning are as meaningful as the trip itself. So too with Advent and Christmas.

But I think the truer meaning of Advent is not that it leads me to Christmas, but that it leads me to Christ. The month of December has become a calibration for my life. Each year, I read and reflect anew, reminding myself who I am, Who I live for. 

And taking the time to focus during the most distracting time of year is a discipline that helps me worship this way all year through.

This year, I am getting a late start in decorating; my house is still completely bare, and it’s already December 2! But I am right on schedule in celebrating the true meaning of Christmas: seeking Jesus.

Join me each day for Advent Reflections on The Space Between.

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