Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas Peace

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This week started out a bit rough, I can’t really put my finger on why but it was just rough.  There were a few long days and a few whiney kids, and then one pretty hormonal mom.  And all of those things are a really bad combination. 
In the midst of the roughness I kind of forgot Christmas, or maybe I was too busy and scattered to focus on the why of Christmas.  I got stuck in the trappings, and lost the point. 
As I was scurrying and hurrying this caught my eye in the kitchen.
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My attention was directed to the real reason.  It reminded me of the words spoken about Jesus so very long ago. 
Words that said He would be our Wonderful Counselor, our Everlasting Father and our Prince of Peace .
I decided there and then to recapture that peace.  You see, something interesting happens this time of year for a lot of us.  We got a bit distracted from the reason for this time of year.  All of the extras take our attention away from Jesus, from his coming and from what his coming means to us.  We hear it all season long, on greeting cards and through countless Christmas hymns. 
Joy to the world, the Lord is come.
Come and behold him, born the king of angles.
Truly he taught us to love one another, his law is love and his gospel is peace.  Chains shall he break for the slave is our brother and in his name all oppression shall cease.  Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, with all our hearts we praise his holy name.  Christ is the Lord! 
The house was quiet as I pondered Christ’s coming and his promise of peace.  He came, and while he didn’t really promise us peace in every circumstance he does provide peace no matter the circumstance.  I love the words from the book of Isaiah, “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”  As I thought about all this I made a choice to switch gears.  I put on some soft Christmas music, I made some amazing hot chocolate and I sat.  In the stillness I heard the quiet peace that can only come from him. 
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Grateful for his gentle reminder I enjoyed a few moments of solitude.  I want the peace of Christ to mark not only this season, I want it to be the punctuation on every season I go through. 
That moment of peace has stayed with me, and I gotta say that I am not going to let that go. 
May each one of you be able to walk in peace this season.
I’m sharing with Melissa at the Inspired Room today.  Head over for all sorts of great holiday inspiration.

5 comments:

  1. I'm right there with you! What better time of year than now to 'be still and know' (psalm 46:10).
    I've just begun visiting here in the last few months and it's been a pleasure to read your posts. I linked to a previous post of yours on my blog. I'm hosting a linky party of my own next week highlighting Family Christmas Traditions. Stop on by, if you like! ;)
    Cheers!

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  2. It seems a lot of people are focusing more on the Christian meaning of Christmas this year, perhaps a postive result of the recession and what has been a difficult year for so many. THank you for this reminder to step back and focus on Jesus.

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  3. This is so true. I am trying to do the same thing--focus on the real reason. Not just say it, or write it on a card or an ornament, but really think about the amazing gift that we were given. Jesus Christ our Lord!!

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  4. Thank you for sharing this great reminder. I think many of us get caught up in the "hustle & bustle" this time of year (myself included). Christ is the heart of Christmas and JESUS is the Reason for the Season! Merry Christmas!

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  5. What a good sign you recognized to sit and relax and focus. So glad you weren't too busy or stressed to notice :)

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