“Let every heart prepare him room.” The preparing of our hearts to receive our King is no easy matter; it is something that will take both thought and effort on our part. It will not just happen on its own; we will need both intention and discretion. There are things we will need to let go of and things we will need to hold on to. It will mean having to say “no” to some people and things, in order to say “yes” to the One who comes and makes his dwelling among us. It will take some decluttering and some rearranging. It will take some sitting still and some being silent. It will take the making of space and the taking of time. It will take open hands and longing hearts. After all, what good is the bringing of joy into our world, if the world is not paying attention?