Our hearts are drowsy and forgetful, tired out by the anxieties of daily life. Maybe we distract ourselves from our troubles by working very hard, or becoming depressed, or becoming fascinated with (you name yours) drink, or sex, or out-of-control emotions, or gambling, or email, or golf, or surfing the web, or pride, or, or, or. Whatever it is for you, the very clear message of Advent is, “Settle down for a while.” Open the door just a crack to let God in.
That is the preparation that God desires. That is what brings us closer to His Son, Jesus. And that Closeness is what saves us! Let the preparations begin.