Today's prompt from Kate is Prepare.
Tis the season for preparedness. We work hard to prepare the way for the Lord's birth. We deck the halls, we hang ornaments and bunting and boughs of holly. We prepare food and drink. We prepare our houses for entertaining and our gifts for giving. We prepare ourselves to allow Jesus to enter, fully, into our lives and to guide our thoughts and decisions.
We prepare to spend time with family and friends. We don't prepare for death....yet it seems to come so often at this time of year. Yesterday was the anniversary of my brother's death. A death that he chose. A death for which he was evidently prepared. But I was not. I was not prepared for his death. I was not prepared for the loss. It has been 2 years now and I am still not prepared. I push it from my mind. I try not to think about it. I fall down on my knees and I pray to our God that my brother has found the peace in death that he could not find in life and I pray that God send his peace down to us, his family, that we may still experience the joy of the season as our hearts break in half.