Advent is a joyous time of looking forward to and preparing in our hearts and hearth for the birth of our dear Babe of Bethlehem. It can be a time of introspection along with all the outer preparations for the joyous celebration.
One of the traditions I like is making the special wreath of candles and evergreen boughs as a centerpiece for our table. Then every time I enter the room I am reminded of the coming birth on Christmas morning.
Here is a prayer to say each day during Advent either in your meditation or as an evening prayer. If you wish to make this prayer part of your regular meditation begin by sitting in a quiet spot in front of a low table with a holiday candle lit. Burn incense if you like.
Begin even and regular breathing. For example, breathe in 2 counts and breathe out 2 counts. Keep up the regular rhythm throughout your meditation but do not actually say the numbers. Now take a few minutes for the following -
"A joyous day will soon be here
And that's the cause of Christmas cheer
The little Babe of Bethlehem
Will grace us from his love within.
This child to come from heaven above
A special gift of God's own love
Will help us to remember while living
That joy and fulfillment come by giving.
Let's pray and prepare as the holiday nears
How we can share excitement and cheer
In ways that honor the Newborn Babe
Who births in our heart on Christmas Day
Who births in our heart every day!"
Finishing the prayer close your eyes for a period of silence and contemplation on the meaning of Christ's birth to you. Take some time to write out your thoughts in your journal after your meditation for later reflection.
Finish your meditation with a deep breath in and out, stretch and go on with your day, enjoying the peaceful feelings that come after the stillness of meditation.
Here are more links to holiday prayers -
Christmas Eve Prayer
Christmas Prayer for Children
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