Many new parents are grateful for a time of preparation for the coming of a newborn child: time to buy clothes, time to prepare a nursery, time to learn about the changes this new being will bring to their lives. And this is why we need Advent. We need time to recollect, remember, and prepare room in our hearts for the Christ child who comes to us at Christmas, because Jesus changes everything! While we cannot foresee how God’s glory will work in our lives, we can make room for the new possibilities and hope that Jesus will bring into our lives.

-Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE

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