So I knelt down and thanked Jesus for His presence and promptly asked Him to unburden me from my busyness so I could focus on Him. And as I prayed, I was again drawn to the pregnant virgin. She is really helping me to grow this Advent.
Imagine the Blessed Mother radiant in her ninth month of pregnancy. She has her hand on her belly. I can almost hear her humming a lullaby. And while everyone around her is running around keeping house, making food, hammering and nailing she is at peace. She knows a great secret. That Jesus, Emanuel, is coming. She adored him as he grew in her womb.
When things get too hectic, I can come back to this image. I can share in Mary's secret; that all the preparations and day to day life are not the important thing. Our Savior is coming. I too can adore him in the midst of chaos. After all, Advent isn't just about baking cookies and wrapping presents and decorating houses, it's about preparing the way of the Lord.