Today’s Word: ‘EMPTY’ as in… if we’re going to be filled, we’ve got to become empty.

I just switched up all of my music playlists. A whole bunch of stuff that I listened to leading up to Thanksgiving had to “go away” in order to make room for the Christmas Playlists: Bing Crosby, Chicago, James Taylor, Christmas Jazz, Christmas Quiet, Christmas with Gene, Cooking, Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. There’s also a playlist titled Christmas Goofiness (I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, I Yust Go Nuts at Christmas).

After all, there’s just only so much bandwidth to go around.

Mother Teresa was more famous for what she did than for what she said. And while she would have most certainly balked at the thought of any notoriety that didn’t point to the nameless, faceless, even lifeless people she served, she did say some powerful things.

Mother Teresa often talked about praying that God would “enlarge her heart to make more room for God.”

She wrote:

“Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God’s gift of himself: Ask and seek, and your heart will grow big enough to receive him and keep him as your own.”

Simply put, if we’re going to be filled, we’ll have to become empty.

Advent is about emptying in order to make room for the fullness of Christmas. In order to be filled to the Christmas brim, a bunch of stuff has to get deselected or even deleted. Advent is experienced most fully when we realize that we are in need of being filled, but cannot fill ourselves.

Christmas is experienced most fully when we are empty enough to be filled with the Holy One, God, birthed into the world, birthed into us as a child in the manger.

So, let me ask you just one question: What needs to “go away” in this season of Advent in order to make room for all that Christmas will bring? For me–if I’m honest, really honest, unplugging would be helpful. But then, what about all of the music, the playlists? Fewer playlists mean more bandwidth and less noise on my part, means more room for God to speak.



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