This morning I woke to the most awe-inspiring sight. The world outside my window was perfectly still (not easy to achieve in a city – even one as small as Cudahy) and everything was covered with a sparkling layer of crystal white snow. It was so beautiful! So peaceful! Of course, I had to get up at 4am to capture this moment, but it was well worth it because it made me feel absolutely joyful.

I should have been digging into my latest project, but instead I went into the living room, opened the blinds and just took in the view. It was a magnificent reminder of God’s goodness and creativity! It also was a reminder that it’s time to get out the winter coats, gloves, and scarves. Until now we haven’t had to do that in Wisconsin, as God’s been spoiling us with an unusually warm late fall-early winter.

“Yup, winter’s coming,” I mused to myself. “Time to get ready.”

As I started making my way through a mental checklist of things I’ll need to do to prepare for the colder weather, I realized that this also is the attitude I should be having toward Advent and the coming of Christmas.

Advent is so like today’s snow-glittered early morning scene. My heart should be perfectly still – a reflection of God’s goodness and creativity – and waiting in joyful anticipation of the coming of the Christ child. Our street was completely empty this morning, void of people, cars, animals, any movement at all. Yet I knew that inside each house there were people resting in their beds and that soon the sky would begin to lighten, the street would begin to fill, and the people would greet the new day with all its promise and activity. Soon my world will begin to lighten, my heart will begin to fill, and I’ll greet the new day of Christmas with all its promise and activity.

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