The Holiday Rush


We are in full on Christmas mode, aren’t we? Traffic is worse than normal. Stores are more crowded. Children are making wish lists. People appear to be completely hurried. Anxiety about what to buy for loved ones and how much to spend on them is running high. We all know how commercialized Christmas has become and yet every year, we fall into the same trap. We worry and hustle and run around frantic.

This year, I decided to do an Advent study. I used to do Advent related things when I was younger growing up in the Catholic church. Once I became older, I drifted away from truly reflecting on this season. I wanted this year to be different. This whole year has flown by in very much a blur. The world has dealt with all manner of trauma, from natural disaster to deaths to every sort of tension. This year, my life has experienced extreme highs that were often overshadowed by extreme lows.

My soul has been crying out for rest and peace and a slower pace. I’m sure that you’ve probably been feeling this as well. My life is busy and the holidays seem to bring out the extra busy. But, I am choosing intentionality in my schedule and in my focus.

The term Advent is a version of the Latin word meaning “coming.” It is a reminder of Christ’s first coming as well as a reminder of His second coming. Wrapped up in all of this is this process of waiting and expectation and hope. I don’t know about you, but when I look back on the hard of this year and the craziness in the world around me, I can feel a bit hopeless.

But God. Over 2,000 years ago, He sent hope wrapped in human flesh, swaddled in a manger.

I have been re-discovering the beautiful and tangible reminder of what Christ’s birth really meant for us within the candles used during Advent:

 

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A Truth to Remember When Thanksgiving Is Hard

A Psalm for Thanksgiving
“Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
Know that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His loving kindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations.”
(Psalm 100)

With Thanksgiving behind us and Advent approaching, it’s not always a joyous and thankful time for everyone. Sometimes life is going so horribly wrong that we can’t even begin to think of even one thing to be thankful for.

 

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