Sunday, December 10, 2017
by Carolyn Ray
I am one of those people who doesn’t need morning coffee and time to relax before starting the day. I don’t even drink coffee. I get up, shower, dress, and start moving. There is always something to keep me busy, even now that I am retired.
I love the Christmas season with all the hustle and bustle. I do admit that online shopping has made things less hectic and easier, but I still enjoy a trip to the mall looking for the right gifts.
Christmas morning is such a joy! Stockings, a birthday coffee cake for Jesus, presents, family, cooking, wrapping paper everywhere – it’s just a part of the season. Peaceful? I don’t think so!
Then there was the first time a few years ago that our daughter and son-in-law didn’t come home for Christmas. They wanted the peace of being in their own home, just the two of them, without travel and schedules to follow, trying to fit in too much in too little time. I didn’t know what to do. Our son and his family were coming over later, but to awake to no “children” in the house was unthinkable. That Christmas morning was a morning of unwelcomed peace.
Several months ago, I began reading, Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young, a daily devotional. It has really helped me focus on the need for peace among the pandemonium of daily life. It has taught me to “be still” to find “joy in His presence” and to linger in His presence for a while. I now try to resist my impulse to plunge into the day and instead, spend some time in solitude. As a former teacher, this sentence in the book really spoke to me: “Quietness is the classroom where you learn to hear My voice.” I know God listens to my prayers, but I am learning to take time to listen to Him and to celebrate all He has given me.
This Christmas, even in the busiest of moments, I will strive to be aware of His presence. No more “unwelcomed peace” – I will embrace the peace God wants me to have. I know it provides me with strength, hope, and a closer relationship with God.
“The Lord gives strength to His people, the Lord blesses His people with peace.” ~ Psalm 29:11
TODAY: Pray for someone you know who is attending FCC.