Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Quieting the Holiday Frenzy
Do you feel it? The tug and the pull to spend more and more? Or the tug and the pull to make, bake, create, decorate? The endless list of things that one could attempt during the month of December is overwhelming.
This is the time to get quiet. To push back the clamoring, cultural noise. To stop searching for the "perfect" traditions. To remove our eyes as to what our neighbor is doing.
And then, listen.
Listen to what the Babe is wanting to give us for Christmas.
He offers Rest.
He gives Grace.
He promises Peace and Life and Joy.
He holds out His hands (scarred and all) to give Love. Unconditional Love.
Oh, it's so easy for me to get heart-sidetracked right now. To get consumed with consumption instead of consumed with Compassion. To buy more instead of give more...
I need to cease striving and get still and listen...
Listen to what the Babe is wanting me to give for Christmas.
I really desire to hear His daily will for me...to look for Jesus in unexpected places...to serve when He prompts...to give presence to others...to keep offering myself...my truest heart... to that sweet Babe in the manger.
Lord, may it be so.