Our home started getting sprinkled with Christmas bits and bobs this past weekend. The first Advent Sunday has passed and -as a friend of mine so nicely put it- our hearts have begun their journey to Bethlehem. One thing that's struck me this year is that this season has historically been about repentance, not the beat-yourself-on-the-back craziness, but a sincere 'heart check'. With so many people and organizations out there buying credibility with false humility, I think it's worth the time to check myself and make sure I'm not doing the same. I believe sincere apologies, reconciliation and attempts to right wrongs and reorient one's heart make great gifts. While they may not cost a penny, the price of pride ran pretty high last time I checked. It's definitely easier for me to wrap a gift than to wrap myself in humility. Good thing the light gets brighter each week as we light a new candle on our Advent wreaths; we are not alone.
(and no, I'm not trying to preach a sermon here, just processing some thoughts that have been swirling around my head this weekend)