I marvel at the pictures on blogs and instagram of children smiling so perfectly and wonder what kind of bribes and candy must have been exchanged to have everyone posing as if they were in a magazine. Sharing a few outtakes from what was attempted, nothing printable.
Here we are 10 days until Christmas and soon we will be starting the third week of Advent. In my mind I was going to make this the best Advent ever, carving out extra time for prayer, spending more time in silence and yet somehow the time has vanished between diaper changes, dishes, scary dreams and long hours at work.
As I think of my to do list, Christmas baking, decorating, cards to address and presents to wrap I get consumed by the busyness that I tried so hard to avoid this Advent season. I remind myself of the simplicity that was present the first Christmas night, the stillness, the beauty. I pray that in these remaining days I can let my mind and heart be at rest to simply reflect on the miracle.
Lord, make my heart your manger bed.