During this holiday season, we are surrounded by – simply put – life itself. Who is coming for Thanksgiving? Where will they sit? Are they bringing their significant other? Are they even dating?
After we think we have a grasp on Thanksgiving, we enter the season of advent and Christmas is just around the corner. It’s time to buy a tree. New or artificial? White lights or colored? Turkey or ham? Choices surround us.
We send out Christmas cards and party invitations hoping that people will fill our homes to spread the joy of Christmas to all in attendance. And of course, everyone loves a family set of cookies.
The Christmas season is filled to the brim with stuff. It’s filled with people. It’s filled with self-afflicted stress. However, in this time, we have to remember that it isn’t about the gifts, the parties, or the sales.
When talking about Christmas, some of the main words we hear are joy, and peace. I don’t know about you, but I don’t get joy when I’m covered in flour. And if joy is gone, peace certainly finds a different home.
During this time, I would encourage each of you to be present in these moments and not be distracted from the outside and the planning and the parties. Sure, everyone is excited for family to come in – as you should be – but what good is their visit if you are too caught up in everything else to fully enjoy their time with you?
This is a time for us to celebrate new life. To celebrate the birth of our king, Jesus. To give him glory for offering us the true gift of peace for it is there that we find that the light that outshines the darkness.
This is a season of celebration. Will you be ready to shout glory when the King arrives? Will you be here to celebrate or will you be busy setting up for New Year’s eve party? Our time has come to be thankful and to rejoice in the savior’s birth.
I would encourage you to go from getting here to being here. Be here, in this moment with the people around you as we await the greatest gift of all. Jesus – the son of God.
Grace and peace to you all. Merry Christmas!