I’m in the nesting stage of the last trimester but I’m not pregnant. Cleaning all the nooks and crannies, washing rugs and chair covers, rearranging items on shelves in preparation for what I can’t put my finger on.

My husband brushed a soppy coat of shiny black paint on the front door a few weeks ago and cleaned the brass. We’re ready to welcome good news.

After the sun goes down, the kids take turns lighting the Advent candle before we eat holy words strung around the table, then we break bread.

Sometimes our hearts respond in action over what our minds can’t comprehend in the busy. The King is coming. And we are preparing to receive the fulfillment of His promise, whether we think we’re ready or not.

On this second Sunday of Advent, may you find a moment to step back from the soapy sink, put down the pen for the growing list, and take a breath. Listen to yourself breathe, stand next to the illumination in your living room and remember why those ornaments dangle on the spruce.

“This is why we need Advent – it reminds us to pay attention, to be on guard, to keep watch that we might be ready for Christ when he comes again.” Kimberlee Conway Ireton, The Circle of Seasons