Fighting the crowds…
Can’t find the present Jimmy asked Santa to bring him…
Boss requested all of the year-end work to be completed before you take off between Christmas and New Year’s…
Wife asked for extra help with the kids before they have their “Holiday” performances at school…
“Silent Night, Holy Night. All is calm, all is bright.”
Hard to see the “silent” and “calm”?
Why not take some time to your self? The idea of locking yourself in a room with the computer and just having time for yourself sound appealing? In a time where we are to meet all of the needs of the season and then remember to enjoy the “Christmas spirit” can be a struggle.
With the stress of Christmas, it may be tempting to find time for yourself. I want to encourage you to avoid the temptation of spending it relaxing in front of a computer, at a gentlemen’s club or with a member of the opposite sex who isn’t your significant other.
10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men”
Luke 2:10 & 11, 13 & 14
The 1828 Noah Webster’s Dictionary defines peace as “Freedom from agitation or disturbance by the passions, as from fear, terror, anger, anxiety or the like; quietness of mind; tranquility; calmness; quiet of conscience.” and “Heavenly rest; the happiness of heaven.”
Life can and will be chaotic, but through it there is the promise of peace. Freedom from the chaos has been promised.
When did peace and Christmas lose their connection? When we turned away from celebrating the amazing birth of our Savior, we lost the peace. No wonder the mall, work place or even family gathering can seem unwelcome this time.
What would your Christmas be like if you to stopped and remembered the peace on earth given to all of us on the “Silent Night?” May you find heavenly rest, not simply an earthly escape.