“You must unlearn what you have learned,” says Yoda to Luke Skywalker.

How easy is it to become caught up in the busy-ness of Christmas? Forgetting to still ourselves and reflect on the advent.

We must unlearn what the world has taught us. We must unlearn that to celebrate the season we should busy ourselves bustling from here and there.

For we can only prepare ourselves when we sit in wonder at God incarnate. Emmanuel. God with us. Fully human yet fully man.

I wonder how Mary prepared herself after the visit from the angel announcing she would give birth to the Christ. Did she fully realize the task God had given her? Did she find peace even amidst the harsh words and anger of those who no doubt judged her?

Did she have to unlearn much of what she had been taught by the society of her time to prepare for the arrival of the Savior she carried? She did not question God’s work in her life though it was vastly different than what society would expect.

And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:28 NASB)

Did she pray for thick skin and a soft heart?

I’m beginning to realize that only after I unlearn what the world has taught about the Christmas season can I truly prepare my heart and experience the wonder that Christmas is. Only then can I unwrap the gift Christmas is meant to be.

Are you unlearning some of what the world places value on during the Christmas season? How are you preparing for Christmas?


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