'I greet you with the grace and peace poured into our lives by God our Father and our Master, Jesus Christ.'
We as Christians celebrate Christmas because it is the time God the son left his perfect place in heaven and came to live with us, to die on the cross so we may be saved from the wrath of God who gives us peace on earth.
So in this busy hectic time of preparing for Christmas, how is your peace?
This weekend I put up the tree, earlier than normal, because the family flies in this weekend. It took almost all day. I decorate the house and clean as I go too. About half way through I thought I might not put up the tree in future years, especially if we don’t have the family here. Then I thought. It takes one day to put it up, one day to take it down. That is 2 days out of 365 days. I can do this, especially for the beauty it brings to our home.
Buying all those Christmas gifts can be another stress factor. I start in October and little by little buying gifts from my list. It spreads out the money and the time. Then there is the baking and cooking of many foods we only eat once a year. And sending out cards. Many people now use the email for this. I like cards as decoratations and the pictures get used as next year’s tags or for my art. I used to write and annual letter and last year I stopped that. I got a few complaints, oh well.
We do lots to make Christmas special, but how many of our friends and family would complain if every decoration wasn’t in place, every traditional baking wasn’t done, only a few, and tones of present weren’t under the tree? Maybe the last one they might complain.
We have a choice in life. We can make our lives stressful or stress free. It depends on how much we do and our attitude. I always say things go better in my life if I want to do something instead of have to.
In 1 Corinthians 7 Paul is taking about marriage but verse 7 can apply to anything. ‘God has called us to make the best of it, as peacefully as we can.’
So I’ll ask you again. Is their peace in your heart this year? If not, let God's peace be yours. 3 John 14 ‘Peace be to you’
I pray that you have the peace that passes all understanding this Christmas season.
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