Posted by: pastortomvabeach | December 16, 2008

Thought For The Week December 21, 2008

A week off was good for me and Lilia, too. We mostly worked around the house. I got to help make and hang new curtains in our dining room, to put curtains up in our guest bedroom, and to put up a new blind in the kitchen. We took our time to work on much needed preparations for Christmas ā€“ shopping, baking, wrapping, decorating, and so forth. The “taking our time” part was especially nice since this time of year is often very hectic for us. We got to spend some time together just doing nothing which is always gratifying. And we enjoyed the company of our grandchildren, attending Abigail’s school play and taking the family to the Big Train Display at Avalon Church of Christ. All in all the week was relaxing and we are ready to enjoy the rest of the Christmas holidays.

Since this is usually such a busy time of year, I want to help you slow down a little and only offer a brief word of encouragement ā€“ take time to appreciate the blessings of Christmas. I say, “take time”, because real enjoyment, real delight only comes when we slow down enough so we can appreciate what is happening in life. Paul exhorts us to “walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16). He is saying we should pay attention to our lives, to be careful how we live, and make the most of the time we have.

There is much to enjoy at Christmas, if you take the time to do it. Listen to the insights of children, take in the beauty of decorations, savor the aromas of holiday treats, ponder the majesty of the Christmas message, and delight in the love of family and friends. All of these take time. Let the season be a season of rest, deliberate stillness, and many pauses so that you are present in each moment able to recognize the hand of God and to share in the love of those around you. Do what you must to stop the mad rush to Christmas and delight in each activity so that the day after Christmas is a let down rather than a goal. Take time to talk to and listen to the Lord and, while you’re at it, thank Him for sending Jesus so we could have a Christmas and a Savior to celebrate. If you’ll do these things, my guess is that you’ll really have a peaceful and lovely Christmas in your house. Just a thought.

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