Here we are. We are standing at the edge of Christmas time.
As I write this I am aware of all the anxiety that I am holding as I look into the month ahead. Anxiety about my ‘to do’ list, primarily. But there’s anxiety about how to make our money stretch, too. And that adds to my ‘to do’ list. There’s the weight of concern for my neighbor who just lost her husband to sudden death….and now faces Christmas alone with her children. And my first Christmas without Mom. Then there’s the desire to make Christmas “magical” for those I love…..and I’m not sure that I can. No, I’m sure….I can’t. Then there’s…..oh, innumerable things. I add stress to stress when it comes to Christmas.
I know what I need to do. And I’m going to do it. I need to go to the Lord and pour out my anxious heart to Him. He always helps me. Just the thought of it brings me joy. I can go to my Savior—the One who came for me—and get the help that I need. Wonder of wonders.
I’m going to go to Him and ask Him what He wants me to do for Christmas. I think that I have snuck onto my ‘to do’ list my own expectations of what I need to do……without asking the Lord what He wants me to do. Then I’m going to ask Bill if he thinks I heard The Lord correctly. I’m going to ask The Lord to give me joy and peace….to replace my weighty-angsty anxiety. I so want to give my children and grand-children a joyful presence for Christmas. More than presents. But I need the Lord’s help to do this. And I believe that He will help me. He promises to help me.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matt. 11:28-30
(Oh, happy realization….) Joy to the world! The Lord is come!