The King is on his way… When you think of Advent, what do you
think about? Perhaps it’s opening a chocolate Advent calendar every day for 25 days; maybe it’s Christmas shopping or preparing for Christmas guests; or perhaps it makes you think of eating mince pies, drinking mulled wine, and singing Christmas carols.

We have a tendency to celebrate the arrival of the King before he’s even come. Imagine a great earthly King came to visit your house and he found that instead of preparing for his visit, you were already celebrating? Or perhaps like Martha, sister of Mary, you got so swept up in the preparations you forgot to spend time with the King himself?

Instead of getting caught up in plans for Christmas this coming Advent, rather than treating it like a mini-Christmas, we can use this time to prepare our hearts for what is coming. Our Lord wants to give us so much, but we must make sure we’re ready to receive it. 
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