Bible Reading: Matthew 1:18-20
The last few years Christmas has taken on a life of its own. I feel we are busier than we have ever been and Christmas is over before it ever began. I hate the feeling of exhaustion during this season. I want to bask in the glow of the tree while covered in my new favorite plaid blanket. I want to sip hot chocolate and watch our favorite Christmas movies…but more than that I want to linger in the Word.
This year I have determined if it is not a needed task, I am letting it go. If it doesn’t involve laughter and cuddles by the tree, I am going to leave it alone. My priorities for Christmas will reflect what I am looking for…slower and stillness.
Ann Voskamp says in her book The Greatest Gift “This, this, is the love story that’s been coming for you since the beginning. It is possible for you to miss it. To brush past it, to rush through it, to not see how it comes for you up over the edges of everything, quiet and unassuming and miraculous-how every page of the Word has been writing it, reaching for you, coming for you. And you could wake on Christmas only to grasp that you never took the whole of the Gift, the wide expanse of grace. So now we pause. Still. Ponder. Hush. Wait. Each day of Advent, He gives you the gift of time, so you have time to be still and wait.
We must find our stillness in Advent – stillness that allows us to receive Christ. Stillness that touches the places of our hearts that have been worn down by our year.
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