With all the chaos of shopping and the frenzy of getting so much done, I find myself desperately in need of an Advent season. The church I went to until a few years ago celebrates the liturgical year, and precious are the four weeks leading up to Christmas when we are still and we wait. And we are somber enough to reflect on our lives and the condition of our souls. We ask, “Am I ready for Jesus’s return?” It is a time to remember that Jesus came once to earth to save us and He will return soon to redeem us for all eternity. Help us, Lord Jesus, to remember the meaning and wonder of the season, and our amazing Gift, Emmanuel–the “with us” God.