My reflection is from Living Faith:
Lo, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me. Malachi 3:1
“Have you been preparing for Christmas since fall? Are you just getting started? No matter how long you’ve been at it, chances are you still have a list of things to accomplish. All that buzzing around is part of the fun and excitement – to a point. When we get bogged down by our lists, though, it’s easy to lose sight of what Christmas is all about.
Take a moment today to check in with yourself are you harried, short tempered or resentful? Are you more focused on presents then presence? On cleaning than community? On food than friends and family? Ask God to be with you in your final preparations. After all, we are heralds of the Christ Child. Our words and deeds in these last days of Advent are how we announce the coming of Christ. We are preparing the Way of the Lord!￼
Lord Jesus, help me to prepare my heart for you.” Karla Manternach