Holiday Fever

Mark 2:19-20Jesus said, When you are celebrating a wedding, you dont skimp on the cake and wine. You feast. Later you may need to pull in your belt, but not now. No one throws cold water on a friendly bonfire. This is kingdom come (MSG).                                                                                                                                                                                   

The world calls us to scurry through December. We claw out precious time to buy ‘perfect’ gifts for difficult people and wrap presents with designer flare. We choose a new color theme for the ‘holiday tree’ and bake heart-dangerous treats. This year, one card stopped me in my tracks. My mentally-challenged friend usually writes notes that are scrambled and disjointed. This one was  painfully clear.

Dear Brenda; God thinks you will understand what he truly gave you. God wants fellowship with you, not just words and rituals.

In the midst of frantic, his still, small voice calls us to what matters. Certainly, we celebrate and rejoice in the joy of Christmas. Jesus loved a good party, but he also knew how to make time for what really counted – time with the Father.

Mark 1:35While it was still night, way before dawn, he got up and went out to a secluded spot and prayed (MSG).

Prayer: God, forgive us for desperately trying to follow the world’s impossible celebration standard. Commune peace to us and show us how to celebrate your son’s birth with more joy and less galloping.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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