From: Mary Zimmerman
Come Emmanuel Come. We sing that often now in church. Father Jim said we should pray it many times a day during the Advent season.
As weíve started to get into the Advent season Iím anticipating our guest list. Iíve come up with a figure of about 30 people I need to provide food and seating room for (that may not be easy, but well worth it) and trying to be Santaís helper all at the same time. Now I have also invited Jesus. After all itís His birthday, the main reason for the Christmas season. Come Lord Jesus Come.
Now Iím wondering just how do I prepare for my heavenly guest? Clean my house, I know, but even more heíll be looking at my heart. Oh not so much if its beating exactly in rhythm, I know I have some defect but Iím not convinced I need a pacemaker at this age. You donít really want to bother with anything you donít really need. I realize its about time to clean house and dispense the clutter. That includes sprucing up my heart (soul) as well. After all this is what Jesus has on His Christmas list - mankindís loving, clean hearts. Now Iím trying to figure out just how to get rid of the same old habitual sins and replace them with virtuous habits (oh, I know, donít sweat the small stuff.) When the winds of temptation are whirling around looking for an open crack to enter in, I cry out, ďCome Lord Jesus Come and bring St. Michael with you.Ē
ďSt. Michael the Archangel (an angel of the highest rank), defend us in battle; be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do you, oh Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.Ē Then call upon your guardian angel as well. We all have one, you know. Ask them to ever walk beside us, to light the way and guide us to our heavenly home. Guardian angels constantly kneel before the throne of God with one eye on us, just waiting for us to ask for their help.
Now we get down to the nitty gritty. Itís our own free will thatís constantly getting us in trouble. We just have to bring that forward to match and blend in with Godís will (Father knows best) and that ainít always easy. On our own we canít do it. ďCome Lord Jesus Come,Ē give us the desire to change and we are on our way. God can do all things, you know, He will surely help you.
Iím trying to get an earlier start than usual, a jump start on the Christmas rush, sending out cards, etc. My daughter Lynette will again furnish us with delicious Christmas cookies. Thank you, Lynette. Iím quite sure Harley will help as well. Thanks, Harley (my granddaughter).
But put all the hustle and bustle to the side. Whatís really gonna matter at the end of Advent (Christmas)? I know very well it will be if I have spent adequate time preparing my gift for Jesus. The spirit is so willing, but the body is so tired. Again cry out ďCome Lord Jesus Come.Ē He will lead the way to the infant Jesus in a manger, as your eyes meet, hand Him His present, the one you so carefully wrapped in prayer, with three special bows to represent love, giving, and forgiving.
ďJesus, I give you my heart. Happy Birthday.Ē
P.S. Aviana, our great-granddaughter,