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How to Not Go Crazy During the Busiest Time of the Year

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As another holiday season draws near, it may seem hard to find God amid the never ending list of things to do.

There’s food to cook, cards to write, parties to attend – and that’s nothing to say of the massive crowds that await at stores.

Even if you conduct your shopping online, there’s still the burden of making your list, checking it twice, wrapping the presents and paying those looming bills.

Throughout it all, God is there.

He’s with us in the quiet before the storm, and He’s with us in the busyness and chaos – reminding us there’s purpose in the noise.

For many Christians, the upcoming season of Advent conjures images of peaceful sitting amid the glow of quiet, flickering candles.

Advent does involve waiting, but that doesn’t mean the waiting necessarily involves doing nothing in complete silence. Like expectant parents anticipating the birth of their child, they must get ready before it arrives by way of purchasing cribs, clothing and making their home infant-safe.

To get ready for the Christ Child, it’s good to prepare with an active hope. That means we need to roll up our sleeves and do some work.

So let’s not be afraid to challenge ourselves.

We hope to find space during Advent to pay attention, to be surprised, and to take steps to embrace everything in between. We hope to be a light for others during this period of darkness. We hope to be different come Christmas morning.

Active hope means preparing, practicing and anticipating – even throughout the madness.

The more we can do that, the more we’ll be ready for the glory of a season where we’re all expecting an infant to be born in our hearts.

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