As we prepare for Christmas and all God has in store for us in the new year, we can prepare for all that's in store in a number of different ways:
• Eliminate distractions. Focus on what is really important. Simplify. Be still and listen to God's voice.
• Notice God's hand. Reflect on this past year. How has God carried you through all these things?
• Discern God's will. Ask God to give you direction.
• Unite in a mission. Mary and Joseph undertook an amazing mission on the way to Bethlehem. It certainly must have strengthened their bond as they tackled the many obstacles and challenges. There's nothing more powerful rallying around a cause.