As we draw close to Christmas this week, which of these are you relating to?
Do you need to be “Relinquishing”? Relinquishing unrealistic expectations for yourself or others? Relinquishing plans, or items on your “to do” list to make sure that your family has the perfect, Norman Rockwell Christmas? Do you find you are relinquishing personal time, or time for devotions or Scripture reading or worship, because there is just too much that has to “get done still”?!
Is this a time of “Reminiscing or Remembering”? Perhaps those memories are comforting, of loved ones and cherished family traditions, or worship experiences or music which touched your heart in a special way. Perhaps the memories are sad ones, missing loved ones who are not here with you this Christmas.
Are you “Regretting”? Are you saying to yourself, “NEXT year it will be different? I will be more organized, take care of getting ready earlier, not overcommit to more than I can realistically accomplish!” Are you regretting not calling or visiting someone… and now it’s too late? Are you regretting not sending Christmas cards, or baking cookies, or going on the Christmas Home Tour?
Are you “Rejoicing”? Rejoicing in God’s most wonderful gift waiting for you this Christmas, the gift that is the perfect size for everyone on your list, the gift that is appropriate for the one who has everything, but needs to be enveloped in God’s love and grace? Are you rejoicing with the shepherds and the Wise Men who came searching for the Messiah?
Are you “Ready” for Christmas? That seems to be the pressing question of the week, isn’t it? How can we truly be ready when all of these other things take up our time and energy and focus? Are we ready for the most important part of Christmas, the only thing we HAVE to get ready… our hearts and our minds to welcome the Christ Child to come and fill us with his peace and hope. Come, Lord Jesus!