O Christmas Mail (Make Ready 16)

Christmas mail

Advent Day 16

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Philippians 2:1-2

We are moving more and more to a paperless world. In some ways this is good – being conscious of our impact on God’s creation as His stewards is important and getting the message of Christ out in a myriad of ways is a good thing, but as we become entrenched in our digital lives, how much human connection is lost? God did not create us to be individuals, separate from one another. God sending Christ into this world is evidence that we were intended for relationship and connection. Jesus came to us, connected Himself to us in human flesh. Who can you Make Ready to connect with today?


Warm and Joyous Feet (Make Ready 15)

stocking or socks

Advent Day 15

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” Isaiah 52:7

Did you know you have beautiful feet? Even winter feet – dry, rough, and maybe even stinky – are beautiful! Why? Your feet carry you to share the Good News! They walk you to your neighbor’s door with a plate of cookies and a caring conversation. They walk you into the nursing home to sing Christmas carols for lonely residents. They walk you over to help the woman whose hands are full of packages and children struggling to open the door. Jesus gives you ready feet for this Good News each day. Your feet are beautiful!


Christmas Cookies and God’s Deliberate Timing (Make Ready 14)

anything to do with baking

Advent Day 14

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman… Galatians 4:4

Baking can be an opportunity to slow down and contemplate a bit. It cannot be rushed. If you try to multitask while doing it, chances are something’s going to spoil or burn. The deliberate movements of measuring, pouring, stirring, dropping, rolling or cutting…there is a rhythm and a purpose to it that often is lost during the hectic chaos of this season. Contemplate for a moment the deliberate timing of Christ’s coming: the time, the place, and the people. For you, and for me.