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by Joan Kelley, Director of Facilitator Development for oneLife Maps

Have you stopped before you start this holiday season?

My eight year old son, Mitchell, and I were reading a book before bed one night. It was a silly mystery book called Jigsaw Jones. We ran into this line in the story, “The whole family was piled tightly into the car, like a hippopotamus wearing a Speedo bathing suit.” Mitchell giggled and I did too (then I wondered did I know what a Speedo was when I was 8?) He then said, “stop…let’s think about that one.” He closed his eyes tightly for about 3 seconds as he sat very still and then rolled over with an even bigger belly laugh that could be heard throughout the whole house. I loved how he just stopped life for a moment to “think about it” and then he fully engaged in a well thought out uproarious laugh.

I think this is perhaps how we are supposed to be living – a little more in the moment, a little more intentional, a little more spontaneous, a little more silliness. I wonder if this is how God wants us to enter this season of Advent – to stop and think about it. Can we think about the coming of the Christ child with the delight and wonder of an extraverted eight year old boy? Are you willing to take 3 seconds or maybe 3 minutes and do that right now?

Join us in this season of Advent as we “stop and think about it.”

Question for Reflection:

What are you doing to prepare yourself to “stop and think about” the Christmas story this season with new found delight and wonder?

“This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God. It began just as the prophet Isaiah had written: Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, and he will prepare your way. He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! Clear the road for him!’” –Mark 1:1-3