I’m busy…

You’re busy.

Your spouse is busy

Your son’s busy.

Your friend’s busy.

Everyone’s busy.

And somehow I think the point of Christmas is being missed.

I’ve heard a lot in the last few days about how ‘busy’ everyone is.  I understand it. I’ve had a lot to do too but somehow it seems like Christmas has become a competition to see how busy everyone is. Sure Christmas is busy but we’re all busy. It’s not about how many cookies you have to make, how many parties you have to attend, how many presents you have to wrap, it’s about so much more.  How did Christmas morph into this insanity?

I’m so grateful my family is doing the Advent Project for this reason. When we start to slip into the craziness, there’s usually some activity to pull us back to reality. Today’s activity is one I’m really looking forward too!

December 20: Walk together as a family after dinner to look at the Christmas Lights in your neighborhood.

I love Christmas lights. They make a dark, winter’s night look hopeful.  They bring cheer into my heart as I turn into our subdivision after a long drive home.  It’s a wonderful thing to behold.

Tonight when you’re busy, when you’ve got dishes piled up, a roomful of presents to wrap and a phone ringing off the hook I urge you to let it go. Put down the tea towel, grab your coat and get out there to look at the hope in your neighborhood. Take some time and just enjoy the silence of the evening. Take time to truly feel Christmas, to embrace what it truly means. I promise you, it’ll be worth it.

Sometimes on a quiet night the greatest blessings come…

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,  “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”  (Luke 2:8-15 – NIV)

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