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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Worship Wednesday…Wrap This One Up

 

“Oh, the call of a shepherd in a field nearby
To tend and to carry his flocks by night
They were not ordinary sheep; they were set apart,
Born to be Passover lambs.

And when a spotless male was born, he was held on the manger floor.
Swaddled up just to keep him calm until his time, and the shepherd sang:

Wrap this one up. He is a lamb without blemish.
Wrap this one up. He’ll make his way to the temple.
Born for sacrifice, he’ll join the others and pay the price.
Wrap this one up. Wrap this one up.

Oh, the call of a mother in a town nearby
To tend and to carry on this holy night
Not an ordinary Child, but the Son of God,
Breathed by the Holy Spirit.

And when the Baby King was born, He was held on the manger floor.
As she swaddled Him up, she knew His time would come as she sang:

Wrap this one up. He is the One that we adore.
Wrap this one up. He’ll wear the crown forevermore.
He’s come for you and me. He’ll finally set us free.
Wrap this one up. Wrap this one up. He’s the One.

Gloria! Gloria! Gloria! Sing Gloria! In excelsis Deo!
Gloria! Gloria! Gloria! Sing Gloria! In excelsis Deo!

Oh, the call of a Savior on a hill nearby.
All alone, He would carry the weight of all mankind.
Becoming the curse for us, He gave His life
For He knew that His time had come.

Wrap this one up. He is the lamb without blemish.
Wrap this one up. He paid the price, and it is finished.
That death would have no sting, He rose in victory!
Oh, hallelujah to the King!

Gloria! Gloria! Gloria! Sing Gloria! In excelsis Deo!
Gloria! Gloria! Gloria! Sing Gloria! In excelsis Deo! In excelsis Deo! In excelsis Deo!”

 

By Christy Nockels

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