I imagine Mary’s head reeling and heart pounding, being reminded “peace, be still.” Give yourself permission to ponder in your heart as Mary did. This is how we prepare.
Just as the five virgins who were not prepared were stranded and not allowed to follow the processional to the wedding celebration, so we can be left stranded during this time of anticipation, preparation, and waiting.
May we forget our perfect offerings, and allow our broken hearts to come to love, like a refugee.
The real preparation for Christmas must take place in our hearts.
During this season of Advent we pause, or at least try to, and with an eye on Psalm 51, we cry out to the One who is preparing us for that Christ-coming-again, Christ-restoring-completely, Christ-reigning-forever event.
John the Baptist reminds us that memories are made in the preparation phase, not just on Christmas Day.