I know my lists start to pile up about now: Christmas cards, family photos, cookie baking, gift buying, meal planning, party attending, gift wrapping…what am I missing? I’m always missing something! That’s why my lists pile up!
As much as I’m working on quiet prayer, I’m also a huge advocate of integrating prayer into your day. My challenge for you the next three days is to work hard at working prayer into your busy-ness, instead of fighting against it and stressing yourself out.
In 1 Thesselonians 5:17-18 St. Paul tells us, “pray constantly; and for all things give thanks; this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” Again in Romans 8:26 he reminds us, “And as well as this, the Spirit too comes to help us in our weakness, for, when we do not know how to pray properly, then the Spirit personally makes our petitions for us in groans that cannot be put into words.” Both verses speak to the fact that all prayer is not on our knees. In order to pray CONSTANTLY, one must integrate prayer into their works.
Here are two of the six ways to USE the busy part of the Christmas preparations to PRAY and prepare your HEART for the real Christmas, the coming of Christ in our lives and the Second Coming at the end of time:
- Baking cookies: offer time in the kitchen to the Lord
- Small tasks we do in our hearts could change the world – offer your tasks in the kitchen for salvation of souls!
- Learn to pray while you work: Divine Mercy and Sinners’ Prayer
- pray for wisdom in spending, appropriate choices
- pray in line for those around you, your intentions and especially those who are without work
- Do what you can to bring Christ back to Christmas – say Merry Christmas to people in the store
- When you do buy gifts for others, let us make a conscious effort not to buy something just to buy it, only to have it sit and take up space in the receiver’s house or ultimately in the trash. When you have to buy for “the person who has everything”, consider an “ungift”. Donate to a charity in their name. (See Advent Conspiracy for more.)
I’ve got two more ways to utilize the busy-ness tomorrow and the last two Friday. Next week we’ll learn about Advent symbols and history.
Beyond the busy-ness: did you get your QUIET prayer time today?
Find all the Advent Daily Dose reflections here.