"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28 NIV
Christmas is the most loving, giving, joyful holiday of the year. And yet it can be the most burdensome season as well. So much to do and so little time to do it! The voices of expectation vie for our attention. Perfect presents cry out to be purchased. The house and hearth long to be dressed. Parties and programs invite us to attend. And the list goes on and on and on! The sad truth is that we can become weary of Christmas just thinking about it!
If you can hush the holiday clatter for just a moment you will hear another Christmas voice, a quiet calling from the Baby in the manger. "Come to Me," He bids. Not demanding, but with a gentle spirit, He invites you to lay aside the heavy burden of the season and "find rest for your soul." He yearns for you to trade in your unrealistic expectations for a season of heartfelt celebration!
To help you stay focused on the Heart of the season, choose a quiet place to set a nativity scene (even if it is in the bathroom) and find some quiet moments every day this month to hold the Baby Jesus in your hands and know that He holds you in His.
Lord Jesus, forgive me for listening to all the other voices before I've listened to Yours. I want this Christmas to be different...I want it to be all about YOU! Help me to lay aside all my expectations, to set aside time to be with You, and to know You're with me.