Busyness of the Season

Well, it is December, and we all know what that means.  Every year it’s the same thing.  All the “gottas”. I gotta decorate the house. I gotta plan the meals for the holidays.  I gotta invite all my family and friends over.  I gotta send out Christmas greeting cards.  I gotta go shopping for a new Christmas outfit.  I gotta buy gifts for everyone.  I gotta participate in extra activities at my church.  On and on it goes.  I’m sure there are a few gottas that I left out. 

How in the world are we supposed to ENJOY the holiday season when we are running around like a chicken with its head cut off!!!  You would THINK we would learn from every Christmas season in the past.  I keep telling my wife we need to start our Christmas shopping in JULY!! But it never happens.  All the stuff we do that robs our joy at Christmas.  And most of us really love the Christmas season.  Despite all the rushing around and drivers under extreme stress, there are still signs of life, signs of Joy, wishes of Peace on Earth, and sometimes we even remember the birth of our Savior. 

Sometimes we have just gotta STOP and remember that the Lord said: “Be still and know that I am God”.  Or when he said: “Peace, be still.” in Mark 4:39. He actually spoke that to the wind and waves when he was out on a boat with his disciples!

Or how about the time he stated: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” in John 14:27

Obviously, the world does not want us to have the peace of Christ.  The world wants to give us more ‘gottas’.  The one important ‘gotta’ goes back to that link of communication I spoke about last week.  Let’s try to remember that. 

God in heaven above, thank you for letting us have a 24 / 7 open line of communication with you.  Especially during this Christmas Season.  Help us to enjoy your peace and to be able to share that peace with those around us.  In the Savior’s name. Amen.

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