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Tis the season

05 Dec

This time of year can become very hectic very quickly. In the rush to find those perfect gifts, prepare for feasts, and make Christmas “the best ever”, we can so easily lose sight of the joy this season brings.

As I watch our children at church rehearse week after week for their upcoming Christmas musical, I often wonder how that first Christmas must have been. Only a handful of people even knew the miracle that was about to take place. I assume everyone else was going about their daily business. To be Mary and Joseph and know you would soon be welcoming the Prince of Peace into the world … what a profound night that must have been indeed!

If you have children, you know how one birth can change your world. It is the most joyous occasion. Though you prepare for the baby’s arrival, the preparations never truly feel complete. The anticipation is overwhelming at times and patience is truly a virtue. The waiting is indeed the hardest part.

As I look around at the hustle and bustle, I don’t think many of us experience the waiting of this season anymore. We prepare for all the wrong things, we are anxious for all the wrong reasons, and we’ve forgotten that we are about to celebrate the most joyous and momentous occasion this world has ever known.

In the midst of the gifts and the feasts and the shopping and the preparations, take time to sit in reverence. Hug your kids and loved ones. Feel the joy of family and friends and togetherness. Think of those who are in need and serve them however you can. Spread joy; share peace and love wherever you go.

Be thankful for the gift that has been given to you.

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1 Comment

Posted by on December 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

One response to “Tis the season

  1. judybeauchemin

    December 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Can you imagine being in Joseph or Mary’s place, spending so much time preparing for the birth of the son of God and then to have to face delivering him in the barn (manger). I would have felt like it just couldn’t happen that way! It should have been so different, as they must have planned for it to be at home in a warm and cozy environment. So many times what we plan doesn’t happen the way we plan it and for awhile we are disappointed. Later we know the reason why and see God’s plan much more clearly. Just sharing my thoughts that were prompted by your thoughts. 🙂

     

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