The season of Advent is our chance to warm up our hearts and our souls that we might anticipate and prepare for the birth of the Christ child yet one more time. This is the time of Emmanuel. God with us. Not God for us or even to us; but the God who walks with us, side by side.
So maybe the best way to prepare our hearts to be a dwelling place for the Christ Child is to practice being with one another. Maybe Christmas isn’t so much about what we can do for someone else but what we can do with someone else.
This message is an excerpt from “Unshopping for Christmas” by Violet Cucciniello Little in the December 2018 issue of Gather magazine.
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