Psalms 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
It seems that the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s just flies by. We work for several days to shop for and prepare a huge feast for the family at Thanksgiving. As soon as it’s over, we’re setting up Christmas trees and lights. There’s more shopping and preparations for Christmas treats. And then the round of parties, cookie exchanges, and programs begins. This year, we had six Christmas parties in just the first two weeks of December. It feels as though if I’m not at a party, I’m making food for the next one. The parties will continue up through the beginning of January.
Now don’t get me wrong. Spending time with my family and friends is something I would like to do more often. I’m not a fan of shopping, but I do love to give presents; I hate the hassle of putting up lights, but I adore the cozy feeling of the soft glow of a Christmas tree and the beauty of driving through town with all the houses lit up.
I just wish it didn’t feel so busy, so rushed. It’s hard to maintain the reverence and peace that a celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth should reflect when I’m staying up until midnight to finish that last batch of cookies for the third cookie exchange this week. Evidently, on some days that feeling of overwhelming busyness is written all over my face, because when I enter the grocery store for the fifth time of the week to grab one more treat for that party I forgot, the greeter smiles, and says to my children “Do you remember my favorite Bible verse?” I take a deep breath, because I can tell he’s really reminding me, and repeat with the children “Be still, and know that I am God.”
“Be still, and know.” While running from party to program to cookie exchange, let’s be sure we’re making time to reflect on why we’re gathering together, why we’re exchanging gifts, what we’re celebrating. He is God, and He will be exalted. Let’s spend time in His word; spend time thanking Him for the greatest Gift of all time, the birth, teaching, and sacrifice of His Son.
We Pray Together: Lord, thank you for the opportunity to gather together and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Help me to make these gatherings an exaltation of You; to make You the center of all that I do. Remind me to be still, Lord, that I might feel Your presence and Your voice in the midst of chaos. Thank You, Lord, for the gift of Your Son. Amen.