As we approach Christmas, things fill up very fast…
Our calendars are filled with Christmas parties, end of work functions, and family gatherings. Our to do lists are filled with home projects, washing, cooking, cleaning, play date supervision, and other outings. The lounge room can get filled with a Christmas tree and decorations. The credit card can get filled with last minute gifts and travel expenses. The fridge gets filled in preparation for visitors. And more…
This time of year, is often filled with the stress of doing, rather than an expression of gratitude and joy through living and simply being! Is this what it’s all about? Is this what Christmas is meant to be? Is this what another year will look like? Too often we can let activity hamper our hope, push out peace, and jam our joy.
This school year has felt full and frantic for much of it, and so I am sure many are looking forward to the summer holidays. But let me encourage you to intentionally make time to consider the things you are grateful for. As you reflect back on 2022 and look ahead to 2023, I invite you to see life, not through activity but through the Nativity. The story of Jesus birth and life, as told through the Christian tradition, offers hope, peace, and joy which is full of meaning. Our children beautifully reminded us through the Christmas concert that Christmas counts for everyone – not because you are a number, but because God knows you by name, and invites you to know Him as you look to Jesus.
May your Christmas and New Year be filled with hope, peace and joy.