Advent: Room for Jesus

The Rev. Pam Leach shares thoughts about the season below. Join in the conversation in the comment section, and find more resources in our weekly e-news during the month of December.


That’s what my calendar shows during this season of Advent. And year after year I struggle to leave room in the inn of my life for the Christ child to find a place amidst all the activity.

In a sense, the very busyness of preparing for all the holiday festivities is appropriate—a practice of the discipline of preparation. After all, it is a season that reminds us to prepare for the coming of the Messiah.

Yet, most of our preparations do little to prepare our hearts for Jesus. Parties, concerts, shopping, baking, decorating, final exams, school programs, church activities—we’ve got that covered. Jesus? Oh . . . right—that’s what Christmas is all about. Sound familiar? Sure, our family does several things to celebrate Advent including an Advent calendar and adopting an angel to buy gifts for. But, the season still seems like a runaway train flying down the track.

What can we do about it? How do we rethink our celebration of the season?

You are invited to enter a conversation about how we, as Christian people, can intentionally stay focused on Christ during the Advent season. Look for weekly devotionals in the e-news (not on the list? sign up now) and join the conversation here on the blog each week. Also, check out the “conversation” taking place just inside the main building at FPC where you’ll be able to read and share thoughts on the “Simply Advent” paper Christmas tree.

This week’s question:

How do you make room for Jesus during the busyness of Advent?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below . . .