Not Again!

The shopper stopped and stared at the aisle of Christmas decorations. Then I heard her cry out “No! Not again!”  And I listened while she repeated the same words, this time with a moan.  

What horrors triggered this response? Was it over commitment, excessive expectations, a rude clerk or a charge card yet unpaid from the last Christmas? Nope. She saw the first Christmas decorations of the season.

It’s still early enough to make wise decisions about how we’ll celebrate Christmas this year.

If it is stressful, why not fix it? Let’s cut out the crazy. Simplify our plans. Figure out stress-less ways to save money and tame social schedules. Let’s take angel advice from the first Christmas and go right for the joy.

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. (Luke 2:10, NIV)

Christmas?  “No! Not again?” Yes, again…and again… and again, or at least until the Lord Jesus returns.

Prayer- Thank you, Lord, for giving us the common sense to celebrate what really counts–Jesus. Amen.

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