So many people are seeking it, especially this time of year, but for many finding peace isn’t that easy. A simple nativity scene, buried beneath sparkling lights and glittering tinsel, lost in the midst of hectic schedule and massive to-do list. Forgotten in the midst of another busy Christmas season.
We’re busy, so so busy. Too busy to listen, too busy to stop, too busy for childlike wonder as our lives pull us in a million different directions. Christmas cards to send, parties to attend, family gatherings to plan, presents to wrap- tomorrow. Tomorrow we’ll stop, we’ll notice, we’ll slow down- but tomorrow never comes.
Finding Peace In The Stress Of The Holidays
In the cacophony of noise we no longer, hear the quiet words, beckoning us to come and look. To see, really see. To look into the manager and discover anew the beauty of Christmas. Keeping us from finding peace, in the arms of a savior who stepped through eternity to meet you right where you stand.
A story- the greatest story begins here. In this unimportant spot, in the presence of farm animals, the humblest of places. A story begins here that will change the world and find the peace we seek. How ironic that the greatest act of love is overshadowed by small ones.
Finding Peace In A Savior
Are you looking for peace this Christmas? Maybe you used to love this season as a child, but now… now you’re trapped beneath the weight of all the expectations and stress that comes with the holidays. Stop. Just pause for a moment. Take a breath, looking around you. Let go of the to-do list and commitments for just a second. Come with me, come and peer into the manager once more- look into your savior’s face. Can you see the love? The love that drew Him from heaven, down to earth to rescue you. The beauty of Christmas isn’t anything you could ever find under your tree, but the child who was laid in one, so that He could be hung on one for you. Finding peace at Christmas begins here, in this spot. Remembering the gift that was given to us when we didn’t deserve it.
In all of the business of celebrating, have we forgotten to the one we are celebrating? Each of us is the innkeeper of our hearts, we must decide if there is room for Him there, or if He will find it full up with the celebration of His birth.
Making Room For God In Our Christmas Celebration
When was the last time we stood in awe- awe of His greatness, the awe of His mercy, the awe of His presence- the greatest present ever given? Will He find room in your Inn? Or will the celebration, the to-do’s, the shopping keep the doors closed? Finding peace begins and ends with Christ, but our hearts must be open to Him.
Take a moment, but the celebration aside, and focus on the reason for the season. Not the lights, not the gatherings, not the tree of the presents. By the baby in a manger.
- Find a moment to worship.
- Delve into the Christmas story.
- Take part in a Christian advent devotional.
The greatest gift that could ever be given was given to you on the very first Christmas, and yet we are so busy trying to fill others stocking with things that will break and be thrown away that we neglecting to bring a gift to our King.
Finding Peace This Christmas
Come with me, come to the manager and let go of your burdens, the things pulling at your attention, turn off your phone, close your computer, find someplace quiet, and lay the stuff keeping your Inn full at His feet and let Him fill revive the weary places. Let Him fill the cracks you’ve tried so hard to keep hidden. Pull out the stuff and let Him pour Himself into that place.
He loves you so much that He came and sought you out, and willing hung on a tree so that you would be saved. Come… let us adore Him. Forget the bustle, the chaos, leave it all behind and come.
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