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After so many weeks of anticipation and preparation, Christmas is finally here.

On this fourth Sunday of Advent, on Christmas Eve itself, we can revel in our rituals and traditions. But to experience Christmas in a way that will resonate in our hearts all year long, we need to make time for the newborn King. We need to carve out space at the heart of our observance, today and tomorrow, to spend with the One who makes this day so powerful and beautiful.

Let us make time for conversation. Choose a moment in the giddy business of the day to talk in a meaningful way with God. Thank Him for the gift of this holy day, of His Son, and of all the great and glorious things He brings to us today and every day. Choose moments throughout the day to speak with those around you about the true meaning of the day and how we can work together in the days to come to advance the Kingdom.

Let us make time for revelation. We need to step away from our obligations, as the shepherds left their fields, and kneel before our Lord. We need to let the proclamations of the heavenly hosts wash over us and infuse us with the strength to sing and to serve as they do. We need to seek God and His peace amidst the bustle of the day. May God reveal Himself in marvelous ways and charge our hearts with His love and will.

Let us make time for celebration. As we exchange glad tidings, may we truly connect with those around us. As we exchange gifts, let us celebrate the greatest gift of all. Let our Savior be the center of the party, and may the joy that flows from today inspire us to live more joyously all year.

This Christmas, let us make time to spend with the Lord. Let us come to the manger in awe and wonder. May this time be sacred, dedicated to hearing Him clearly, serving Him gladly, and loving Him completely.

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.”
Ephesians 5:8-10