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Take Time to Prepare

img_5196‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.’
—Mark 1:3 NLT

I’ve never been big on spring-cleaning. In fact, one year when we were helping Kris and Martha Palmer move to another city for about the third time in so many years, our dad told Martha and I, “You know, you girls could learn how to clean your houses in the spring instead of just moving out of them.”

(Martha is my little sister, in case you didn’t know. And, we both moved a lot when our families were younger.)

I do, however, love to give our house a good going-over right after Thanksgiving. I dust shelves, vacuum corners, clean closets, rearrange bookshelves, and do all manner of sorting and tossing if time allows. All because I’m prepping to put up one, small Christmas tree, a few lights, and a nativity scene. I love a clean house for Christmas.

The cleaning is symbolic, of course. I’m preparing our house to welcome the Christ-child in an antique crèche made by my mother-in-law. But, in reality, I’m preparing for something else. I’m trying to clear my heart and my mind for the Christmas season. I’m hoping to sort out my soul and get rid of the clutter. I want to welcome Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and God the Father more deeply into my life every day of Advent.

If I have to wipe down a few cobwebs and wash a few curtains to accomplish that goal, I’m willing. What are you doing to prepare?

Photo & article Copyright Kathy Nickerson, Author of Rose Hill Cottage and Thirty Days to Glory

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