I don’t simply mean, “Have you done all your last-minute shopping, packing for travel, or cooking preparations” – although that’s certainly part, and I hope a joyful part, of getting ready for Christmas.
I mean, “Are you ready” in a different sense…in the sense of “standing by” or “anticipating.”
Are you standing by, anticipating Christmas?
Remembering that the first Christmas was the incarnation – the in-carne-ation…the in-fleshment of God Himself…are you standing by, anticipating, some way that God will reveal Himself to you?
Put another way: are you passively going through Christmas, expecting nothing in the way of seeing God’s presence in your everyday Christmas activities? If so, that’s probably how much of God you’ll see: nothing. God does not force himself on us.
Or are you ready for God, standing by, anticipating, ready to see several instances of God’s presence in your everyday Christmas activities? If so, that’s probably how much of God you’ll see: ple…