Yep, I’m one of “those” people. Around the day after Halloween (or so), I get pretty excited about…Christmas. I’m proud to say our kids are the same way. I know, I know; some of you are doing a big eye roll about now. But those of you who are like me, you understand!
Christmas. The Holidays. This time of the year can bring to mind many reactions and emotions. They’re intended to be times of great joy. Celebrating the birth of Jesus. Catching up with extended family. Time off from work and school. Traditions had. Memories made.
Yet in reality, if we’re not careful, the Holidays can be one word. Exhausting.
Days of travel. The cancelled flights. The long drive with kids fighting. The surprising unkind exchange of words with your spouse. Family drama. The awkwardness. Late night cupcake baking for your kids Christmas party. Shopping. For gifts that you can’t afford. Wrapping presents. Fighting with tangled Christmas lights. Keeping up with the neighbors. Family pictures. Christmas programs. Work Christmas parties. The trash and cleanup. The stress. Whew!
And, just like that, it’s over. Another Christmas is in the books. We almost feel a letdown. All our good intentions didn’t deliver what we had imagined. Peace evades our souls.
Somehow we get so wrapped up in the chaos that surrounds the season that we miss the season itself. It’s so easily done. We’ve all been guilty of it at some point in our lives.
I’m wondering. With there being such division and unrest within us and around us, maybe there’s a question that we should be asking ourselves? A shift in focus that would change so much. “How can we bring peace not just to our Christmas season, but to our own world? Peace to our home. Peace to our relationships?”
Have you seen the recent television commercial that features Microsoft employees and a children’s choir singing, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me” to employees at (get this) an Apple store? It’s worth googling. I mean, this is almost as if the “light side” is reaching out to the “dark side”, right?
This season, don’t miss it. Give the gift of peace to someone’s soul. To your soul. And, may we focus on the One Who gives peace like no other. Our greatest Gift. Our Prince of Peace.
“And his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the everlasting Father.
The Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6