Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)
12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
So now I am thinking, what 'splinters' in my heart need to be exposed, removed, and wounds washed clean? Over the next two weeks, as I rest from work, I will prepare for Christ to be welcome in my temple, a temple needing to be cleansed of sin, connected with community, and joyous in the Hope that came to us one cold night, in a rugged stable. Dear Lord, come live in us this season. Expose our splinters, that turn into festering wounds, and fill us with Your Spirit of Love, Hope and Joy...we are anxious for more of You. Thank you for humbling Yourself to come to our dark world, for knowing the only Answer to our soul-emptiness, and setting us free from ourselves. We are grateful.