Readings: Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 1 John 4:7-12, Matthew 6:19-21
Relax in December?
I was beginning to get a little stressed over all the things to do for Christmas, both at home and at work, and December just started! I was talking to God about it, and the words “relax and love” pushed their way into my busy thoughts. He says it pretty clearly in our reading from 1 John 4, "Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another."
I think I’ll be repeating those words to myself all month, relax and love. Many of us have a temptation to present a perfect holiday to our families, and we get so busy and harried that we hardly enjoy any of it. We get things done, but we may be temped to miss the whole point of Christmas. Our younger students sang at the Advent service this week, and when one boy was complimented on his singing he said, “Well, I did good singing, but then I tried to blow out the candle.” I asked, “The candle on the altar? Why did you try to blow it out?” He looked down and said, “It was tempting. I didn’t like it.” I don’t like temptation either. It pulls me away from what’s important, messes with my priorities and blurs my focus. May the Lord help us all resist the temptation to stress and fret and rush and be perfect. May we focus on His Word, share the joyous Good News of salvation, and keep Jesus where He belongs - in the middle of everything, in the middle of our hearts. Relax. Love.
Peace be with you, Tracy