Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Is It December Already?

Yes it is.  Our tree is up and the craziness of December has begun.  Life moves so fast that sometimes it feels impossible just to keep up.

Christmas is supposed to be a joyful, special season but it all gets muddled and trampled by all there is to do.  On top of our normal everyday tasks we add; shopping, wrapping, baking, decorating.  Who do you think I am…  Martha Stewart? 

There are programs and concerts and parties.  It’s all supposed to add to the wonder and magic of the season but usually it just makes me tired and cranky. 

Last year I campaigned to Do December Different and find something to do for someone else every day.  It was good.  The kids were a big part of it and I loved how they focused on what we could do for others instead of just what they want.  But it added to the running and compounded the frenzy. 

This year I already feel kind of ragged.  As I was praying about Christmas this year, I felt a tug in my heart to slow down.  I think it was more like a kick in the pants:  S-L-O-W D-O-W-N! 

Even serving others can become just another distraction from the real meaning of Christmas which is worship and wonder.  Right?  I mean we are amazed that God for sent Jesus in His grand plan to save us from our sins.  God becoming man and dwelling among us.  So the wonder of the Christmas plan leads us to worship.  It’s all about Jesus and what He did.  It’s about God’s plan from the beginning of time. 

So although we are still going to elf a little this year, I want my focus to be more quiet and inward.  Taking the time to really make an effort to spend time in front of my tree with my Bible.  Worship.  And Wonder.

I want to encourage you to focus on Jesus too.  Let His love and truth fill your heart this season.

There are lots of advent sites with advent readings out there.  Take time to prepare your hearts for the coming of Jesus.  A family advent calendar that the Children’s Director at my home church (who also happens to by my sister) recommends is here.

A couple passages I read yesterday that were really meaningful to me were Psalm 25 and John1:1-14.  What are you reading for advent?  As we worship and wonder, the Prince of Peace will reign supreme in our Christmas and our life.  And who doesn’t want a little peace at this time of year?


“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you  all day long.”  Psalm 25:4-5