My advent assignment yesterday: Write a letter of welcome to Jesus.
Dec 21, 2012
Please stop by my house this afternoon. I just made some hot chocolate; the snow is falling; the house, at last, is peaceful; and I finally sat down.
I think I hear you at the door. You will come in puffing and blowing, your childish hands red with cold. You will track muddy snow onto my just-cleaned floors, and leave a litter of soggy winter accessories hither and yon.
I welcome you.
Help me to meet you with a warm heart and a smili—
[At this exact moment, I had to go let him in. And I smiled and frowned, both. Later…]
ng face, and not to scold too hard when I hear you were walking in an icy creek, completely opposite to my instructions.
Jesus, loving you is messy. I get angry about the painful, muddy bootprints you leave all over my heart. Teach me, this New Year, what love looks like; what emotions lie beneath the pain and anger; and what lies deeper still: the choice to serve hot chocolate.
I love you. Do come.