Advent is a time of preparation, as together we await the realization of God's Kingdom. We look again at the promises of peace, safety, and plenty, with all the yearning of the first hearers and with the joy of the knowledge of the fulfillment of the promises in Jesus.
How do we prepare anew for Jesus' reign? Perhaps renewed commitment to carving a quiet space in the day. Or prayers for openness to changes God may be wanting for us. Maybe it's an extra act of grace toward the difficult coworker or family member. Or giving away some of the stuff we're not using, so others can have something they need. Whatever we find to do, we ask for God's grace to help us prepare.
Jesus' reign in the world begins with His reign in our hearts.
Come, Lord Jesus!