Thursday, November 29, 2012

a thrill of hope {doing less this Chrismtas}

It seems as if it's a Christmas carol that was written for today.

The weary world rejoices.

I am often weary. I think at times we all are. Because this life is tough. It's busy. It's stressful.

The weary world rejoices.A thrill of hope.

Jesus came and with his arrival we have reason to rejoice, though weary, though stressed, though worn out.

Long lay the world, in sin and error pinning.

And because he came we have hope. We can choose to say no to the busy life of performance because his grace allows us to humbly accept the place we are: worn out and burdened, strapped down by the lie of perfectionism, and trying too hard to do things our way. His way is better.

Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth.

This Christmas I will be doing less. And it will be okay. I will not buy into the lie that doing it all equals the perfect holiday season, I will not spin round in circles trying to please everyone or trying to maintain some image of perfection. I will not spend hours recreating the glorious crafts and recipes I see on Pinterest. God gives me the gift of grace to walk this season out his way because he knows
my weakness and he loves me anyway.

The king of kings lay thus lowly manger, in our trials born to be our friend.

When I do less I have more room for thankfulness and praise. When I do less I can focus on serving others. When I do less I can be more: be with my family, be in a place of humble of worship, be a giver. I can do all that because I have been filled up by the greatest gift of all.

In his name all oppression shall cease. Sweet hymns of praise, in grateful chorus raise we. Let all within us praise his holy name. Christ is The Lord! O praise his name forever! His power and glory evermore proclaim.

Is this hymn a theme song for my season? Yes, absolutely yes. I am weary, but not without hope. I have a friend who was born in a manger, born to bear my burdens, born to take my messed up ways and remake me to a new creation. Sweet hymns of praise, buoyed by a greatful heart will be rising up this season. And when I get caught up in the busy I will lean heavy on his grace to start again.


  1. One of my all time favorite Christmas songs! We are doing less this year and I'm determined to not let myself get stressed. I had a few Christmases where I felt like the grinch because I was always overwhelmed. Great post

    1. Thanks so much, and I agree...less is more, right?

  2. The truths in that song are making me cry right now, they are powerful. You know I'm with you 110%. Starting this rainy weekend...I'll try to walk in joy and simplicity. The weather is reminding me to hunker down and not mess with the tree-getting and lights-hanging just yet. Have a blessed weekend.

    1. I love it when the weather changes plans, surprise snow storms have been wonderful for us!

      And that song, and lots of other Christmas songs are bringing me to tears daily. It's one of my favorite things about Christmas!

      Enjoy your hunkering down weekend!

  3. AMEN! now... the question is how will the kids respond if i do less and "be" more?


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