Things are abuzz here today. We’ve enjoyed a few carefree, restful days this week, but it’s time now to get serious about getting ready for Christmas festivities. There is much baking and cooking to be done, and we want to give the whole house a good cleaning to make it fresh, warm and welcoming for our family. It’s all too easy to get swept up in all the hustle and bustle that accompanies the holidays. Shopping. Wrapping. Decorating. Cooking. Baking. Cleaning. I think we women tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves to make things “special” and “just right” for our families, and we can become easily discouraged when things don’t go quite as we’d planned.
If your shoulders are burdened a bit (or even a lot) with the pressure of the season, I urge you to lay it all aside for half an hour or so. Yes, you really do have the time. I promise! Spend some time with your Savior, singing songs of thankfulness with joy. Lay your cares at His feet in prayer. Spend some time drinking in His promises as you read your Bible. Reflect on what it means that the Word became flesh, born in a stinky barn with nothing better than coarse hay for His bed. Remember that Jesus, whose incarnation we remember at Christmas, came to give His life as payment in full for your sins. And mine.
John Donne, The Book of Uncommon Prayers,
excerpted from Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus: Experiencing the Peace and Promise of Christmas