jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a
ps 71:3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17
lk 1:5-25

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Fit for Jesus
Most Americans gain 5-10 pounds during the holiday season. We begin overeating on Thanksgiving and don't slow down until January. At the same time, our exercise routines fall by the wayside.

Gabriel announces that John will "prepare a people fit for the Lord." Don't panic, but there are only 6 days to shape up for Christmas!

Fortunately, Gabriel doesn't speak about preparing our bodies, but rather our hearts. So, how is this possible when we're already so busy?

We can begin by doing our holiday errands in the spirit of love rather than obligation. How about lovingly reflecting on the recipient of each gift we buy or saying a kind word while standing in line? We can also slow down for just a moment each day to connect with God.

Our diets and exercise plans can wait until January, but it's urgent that we get our hearts fit for Jesus!

God, prepare our hearts.