Christmas, and the days leading up to this great celebration, can be stressful and messy. So many things to do in such a short period of time and it so disrupts our normal daily routines. This year the kids will have an entire two weeks off of school! The expectation remains that we put a smile on our faces, give and receive the gifts desired, and everyone will have a great time. WOW!
“I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today, in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord!” Luke 2:10-11
Some stress reducers you might want to consider.
- Read a chapter a day starting December 1st in the Gospel of Luke to fully know why we celebrate Christmas.
- Do something for someone outside of family and friends.
- Listen to Christmas Carols.
- Step out of the hassle and take in an Advent Meditation
- Go Christmas Caroling at a Care Facility.
- Do more connecting by doing less running around.
- Make family Christmas celebrations electronic device free events.
- Attend a worship experience during December and especially Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.” Isaiah 60:1
Part of this wonderful time of the year is that we all are reminded of God’s great love for us through the precious gift of our Lord Jesus. Cliché as it is, He is the reason for the season. Even though the Lord’s plan for humanity was set into motion immediately after the fall of Adam and Eve into sin, this plan came to fruition when Jesus is born. His life, suffering and death, and resurrection makes it all complete.
We now can celebrate!
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to all on whom His favor rests.” Luke 2:14
After all is said and done, it is that peace with our Lord we desire. Christmas, and everything that goes with it, ought to be a time where the peace of the Lord is our reality, our comfort, our joy. This is the gift of God to all … including you.
Christmas Peace and blessings in Christ!