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Peace on Earth 4: The Stress of the Season

Peace on Earth Day 4 – The Stress of the Season

“And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.’” (Luke 2:10-12, ESV)

Does anyone else feel like time suddenly moves a little faster once Thanksgiving is over? The rest of the year moves at a fairly normal pace, but as soon as Thanksgiving is done, it feels like a race has set in. You think of all the things you need to get done by Christmas day. You have to decorate the house (if you haven’t already done that – maybe I do that earlier than most), fit in all the Christmas movies and music, get all the presents for everyone on your list, make all the Christmas cookies and desserts, and try to figure out how you will make it to every event your friends and your family are having for Christmas. Our “regular life” doesn’t slow down any either, and you might be trying to do all this while making sure you are staying on top of work, finishing up exams or assignments for school, or making sure your kids are all taken care of. 

With all the hustle and bustle that comes with this time of year, each of us should take time to remind ourselves what it’s all about. None of the things I mentioned are bad things, and I personally enjoy doing all of it, but I just find myself getting caught up in all the “bonus” parts of the holidays when I should be spending more time remembering what it’s all about. I always like the Advent studies that come out at this time of year, and I think that doing those are so helpful to center our hearts and minds on the true meaning of Christmas. Another tradition that I try to stick to is reading through Luke 2 on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. “I bring you good news of great joy … for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11). Amidst all the festivities going on, this passage reminds me why we can even have joy in the first place! 

I pray that this Christmas you will have a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends. May we all remember the reason we have peace and joy all year long. No matter what our circumstances may be, we can have this peace and joy because Christ came to this world to save us from our sins.

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