Advent: Let Him Love You

Rotting pumpkins on the front step.
Knotted Christmas lights on the living room floor.
Traffic. Lists. Laundry. Christmas parties. Gifts to be bought.
Drained bank accounts and my brain in a whirlwind. 
I am behind. I am failing. I am overwhelmed.
Our everyday lives are so bursting full, adding a holiday to the pile can easily just break the dam.
Crying on the couch that you are just so tired and cannot do another single thing.

Is this what Jesus wanted for us here?
Rushing past Him, shouting "Happy Birthday Jesus" and speeding, white knuckled into to the New Year? Just making it through the day? Missing all the little gifts He has hidden for us in this season? Missing it all? Jesus I want to celebrate you by doing ALL THE THINGS. All of them. Will you love me more if I do? Will my kids love me more if I do?

What am I paying attention to?
Who am I paying attention to?
Advent is a season of arms wide open, expectantly waiting for love to come down and rescue us all.
Advent is a season of clearing out the cobwebs and making room for light. 
Advent is a season of waiting.
When we are rushing, we are not waiting. Isn't this what the enemy wants? Distraction? Hopelessness? Busyness? Crying on the couch?

What is the remedy when lists don't cross themselves off?
Simplify. No elf on the shelf, only bake 1 or 2 kinds of cookies instead of 6, host dinner elsewhere, slim down the gift list. 
Above all, pay attention to Jesus. Pay attention in the small moments and see clearly. In holding your baby, in wrapping a gift, in looking in your daughters eyes, in sweeping the floor, in giving to others. Look small and see big. Slow down and you can focus. Go the speed limit or stop. 

Daughter, your rescuer is coming for you. Jesus is watching you love everyone around you and tonight He is asking you to let Him love you. You can't outdo God. He won't love you more if you extravagantly decorate. He wants you to be free. You make the choice. Let Him love you this season. Let Him be the gift, as He intended.

Tonight, light the candle on your advent wreath and look at the flame. He burns bright with love for you. Slow down and enjoy it.

“The One that God sent speaks God’s words. And don’t think he rations out the Spirit in bits and pieces. The Father loves the Son extravagantly. He turned everything over to him so he could give it away—a lavish distribution of gifts. That is why whoever accepts and trusts the Son gets in on everything, life complete and forever! And that is also why the person who avoids and distrusts the Son is in the dark and doesn’t see life. All he experiences of God is darkness, and an angry darkness at that.” John 3:34-36

Week one: Hope
Week two: Peace
Week three: Joy
Week four: Love


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