There are only 23 days left!!!!  Do you have your house decorated?  Is your shopping done? Have you mailed your Christmas cards?  Can you fit one more thing on your calendar this month?  Are you feeling the stress with all these questions? Are you ready?

Yesterday was the beginning of Advent, a time of preparation for our Lord’s coming.  These next few weeks offer a time to stop and intentionally reflect on the immense love our God must have for us that He sent His one and only son into the world to save us from our sins.  As you take time to study His word and come to Him in prayer, may the following be your prayer as it is mine.  Blessed Advent!

I stand here by Your cradle,
o little Jesus, my life;
I come, I bring and give to You,
what You have given to me.
Take it! It is my spirit and mind,
heart, soul, and will, take all of it,
and let it be pleasing to You!

(Ich steh’ an deiner Krippen hier,  BMV 248)