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Trusting in Your Awkward Fiats
“Come, let us climb the LORD’s mountain,to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may instruct us in his ways,
and we may walk in his paths.”
It is Advent! What is your plan for you and your family? What sort of prayers will you say? What gifts of charity will you prepare for the Christ child? How will you awaken wonder and awe for the first coming of Christ in yourself and your family? How will this Advent make His voice more recognizable to you and your children, so that you are prepared for His second coming in glory, so that you can alert others? What part of the secular celebrations will you take part in, what will you let go of?
Are you overwhelmed yet?
Last year a popular blogger asked her readers to share epic Advent failures. I have had a few of those myself. What I have discovered is that, when I persevere in family prayer, even my epic Advent failures have produced fruit, though I did not know it at the time.
One year, in addition to the traditional prayers and hymns around our Advent wreath, I wrapped an empty box for Baby Jesus that the children were to fill with little slips of paper describing their hidden acts of kindness and charity. They were gifts for Baby Jesus. Within in a week it was tattered and torn, shoved to the back of a shelf. I presumed it was already forgotten in the flurry of activities. Epic Advent Fail!
But on Christmas Day I opened it and to my surprise, it was full of little slips of paper, mostly written by my Junior High aged children. I had forgotten to "promote" or "hype' that activity, but the children knew it was there. They did not need me to make it exciting and fun, they needed me to open the door to Him. How did I open the door? Through our family prayers and Scripture readings.
In fact, a few years later that Christmas was bought up. That activity had placed a seed in one particular child's heart that has begun to grow; it is still remembered. The gifts he received that year are completely forgotten, the gift of awakening to Christ's coming was still in his heart. Let me remind you, that activity was one I considered and Epic Advent Fail!
In reality, it was not the activity so much as it was the family prayer time that kept Christ in Christmas. The activity was fruitful only through the relationship that was present by finding Christ in His Word and in His Church.
|Celebrating Advent with unsorted socks all around us.|
Who could possibly be getting anything out of it!! Don't quit, muddle through!
See, I am doing something new!
Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
In the wilderness I make a way,
in the wasteland, rivers. Isaiah 43:19
It takes a firm hope that our time spent in praying the Scriptures with the children -- a sort of fumbling and awkward fiat our family gives, will be enough. We see through the glass darkly, it is difficult to recognize His movements in our efforts to bring Christ into our Christmas preparations. Give Him your fiat anyway, read from your Bible and light the candles, sing O Come, O Come Emmanuel. Open the door and prepare the way for Christ! He is coming!
Peace and Grace to all, Heidi
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