December is well under way and what tends to be the busiest month of the year for most families, also lends itself to be the most stressful. Gatherings, work parties, school events, concerts, plays, gift exchanges, and shopping all add themselves to schedules that for most of us are already full to the brim.
The added stresses can take the edge off of our joy and replace the fringes of our lives with contention, stress, discouragement, and chaos. How do we enjoy this merry season without losing perspective on why we are so busy in the first place? It’s simple…focus. Focus on the meaning of Christmas, the people we are gathering with, and the communities to which we are blessed to belong.
In this Christmas season, I offer you these blessings.
May you read the Christmas Story in Luke chapter 2 and remember the birth of Jesus…the event that gave us this season to celebrate.
May you realize that even if you are not surrounded by friends and family, that your Creator has chosen you, loves you and longs for your fellowship.
May you gather with those you love, set aside differences, and be grateful that of all human beings, God put the puzzle of your family and friends together for a reason.
May you listen to music in your home, enjoy wrapping each gift and pray over each Christmas treat you give away.
May you look, really look, at the faces of those you love and remember the faces of those you have lost, and be thankful that your life has been blessed by their presence.
May you know, above all, that the babe born on a quiet night in Bethlehem, now waits for you in Heaven and longs to commune with you. His birth changed history and longs to change your life.
From my heart to yours…Merry Christmas!