A voice cries out:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Isaiah 40:3-5

Good, Happy Advent Monday morning, Red Vine Family!
Are you all as excited as I am this morning? It’s finally here: the time of year when the anticipation wraps us all up like children in a blanket of wonder and children check advent stockings and mothers wrap in secret and stay up late staging Christmas Angel surprises and Starbucks turns bright holly red and we get to be the people with the secret growing daily in our hearts: whisper it with me: Jesus is coming!!!!

He’s coming. Again. He’s coming for you, determined and purpose-driven, willing to give up the glories of heaven and enter this world as a poor, naked infant for you. He’s coming to whisper in your ear, Open your heart to me. He’s coming to fill the empty manger of your brokenness, He’s coming to sing love songs over your lost dreams, He’s coming to make all things new, He’s coming to set the captives free. He’s coming, He’s coming, HE’S COMING!

As Jack and I struggled to tie the boys’ advent stockings to the stairs last night, I realized that even though I know this story so well, it is my turn to tell it again. It’s my turn and my privilege to write this story of coming and preparing and birthing life brand-new into each of our stories, to prepare the little hearts of my children with a soft spot to lay the newborn Jesus.

In Ann Voskamp’s The Greatest Gift this morning, she states: “The heart that makes time and space for Him to come will be a glorious place” (pg.xii).

So, make way for the Lord with me as we begin this Christmas season. Make way in your heart. As the pressure of this season mounts and the to-do’s pile high, put your broom and computer and tinsel down and seek out the manger tucked away deep inside your heart. Tend to that manger, pull it out and place it in front of the presents and the wrapping and the tree. Ask Jesus to fill your heart with a newborn anticipation, a deeper longing than you have known before. Ask Jesus to see Christmas again with renewed eyes, with a child’s heart. He will, friend. As sure as the dawn arrives, so will He come for you.

God bless you this Advent season. He is coming!

Full of love,