In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD. Isaiah 40:3 (NRSV)

During Advent, we prepare our homes for Christmas. Do we also prepare our hearts?

At the last session of a Lay Witness Weekend held at a church I was in there was a time when those of our church who participated in the activities shared their feelings about what they heard God say to them.

An older woman who was like a spiritual mother to me said she realized anew that we should prepare to worship Jesus. She pointed out that we prepare to take a trip, to have company, to go shopping, and to go to the grocery store.

She also reminded us that as we prepare to attend church we tend to our clothing and that of our families. She then stressed we also are to prepare our hearts to meet the LORD.

How can we prepare our hearts for worship?

We can:

· Try to get a good night’s sleep.

· Find a time to pray a short prayer.

· Give God anything on our hearts that bothers us or what we don’t understand.

· Put a smile on our faces.

· Greet those we meet with kind words.

Shouldn’t we prepare our hearts for Christmas, the celebration of or LORD’S birth?