I am not sure if the author Joseph Conrad ever intended us to use his words in our preparation for Christmas, but I feel that his words help us reflect on the coming of Jesus. He wrote:
"Woe to the person whose heart has not learned while young, to Hope, to Live, to Love."
Advent helps us to prepare for the arrival of the One who gives us all three of these glorious gifts and so much more.
Psalm 103:4 - ".... who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion."
Living in Grace