It is just a week before Christmas. The house is trashed. There is evidence of a variety projects that have been started and stopped today by a variety of family members, strewn about like discarded wrapping paper. I have yet to address Christmas cards. No goodies have been baked. Just a few presents have been wrapped, but they all are purchased. At least I can say that. But it’s all good.
And you know what? In all of that mess, Christmas is still here. Jesus came to a messy world. And he dwells here, in the messes and the ordinary. He didn’t have to do that, but motivated by love he did.
Last night we watched a few of our favorite Christmas movies and I did something that I haven’t done so far this Christmas season. I sat and watched the all of them. I didn’t crochet, I didn’t blog, I didn’t multitask in any way. I gave myself and my family the gift of me being fully there, one hundred percent present. We turned off every light in the house, leaving the sparkly shine of Christmas tree and candles. We sipped peppermint hot chocolate. And we laughed and cried.
Being fully present, in each Christmas moment is my goal this week. As we lead up to the big day I will remember that I don’t need to be in a hurry, haste makes waste, and life is not an emergency. This week shall be savored, it shall be honored, it shall be sacred in even in the midst of the doing.
As I wrap presents I will be fully there, not thinking ahead to next task to check off the list.
As I grocery shop I will give myself lots of extra time, because I know others in that store will be feeling stressed and rushed. I will choose to put on peace, like my favorite winter coat. I will allow others to go first, because I’m really not in that big of a hurry.
“It’s not that big of a deal if…..” will be a part of my vocabulary. It’s not that big a deal if I forget something from the store, it’s not that big a deal if the kids completely make a disaster of all the wrapping paper as they wrap up their toys and books to give to one another, it’s just not that big of a deal if I don’t get everything done. Christmas will still come.
I will welcome in God’s spirit of peace and joy, right now-today. And I will allow God to set my pace, I will listen to his spirit promptings.
I’m grateful for Christmas peace. Peace that comes because of the Prince of Peace, the Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father. My Emmanuel, God with us, God is with me and you in the midst of all that is going around us.
And just as he is the God of all time I will also remember that he is the God of right now. The God of this present moment, and he wants me fully in it so that I can see what he is doing. And in that I can know him more. That is my challenge this week, be fully present in each moment. Listen to the God whispers all around me. Because just as he came in water, flesh and blood as a baby, he is still present in spirit right now.