Christmas is upon us, and I wonder how you are doing in it all.
Rarely do I interact with people about the holidays and they share stories of rest as a main experience. Most say quite the opposite. There’s not enough time. Time is flying by this season. It’s so hectic. How am I supposed to get all of this done?
There have been countless others that have written about the idea of Sabbath rest (these are three of my favorites: Heschel, Allender, Buchanan), so I won’t say what they have already said. But I do wonder what kind of rest you need today, or tomorrow, given how challenging this season can be for some.
Family gatherings are stressful, and beautiful. Travel is full, and the destination offers something hopeful.
Work slows down for some, and speeds up for others. The weather is getting colder, and days are getting shorter.
There’s so much happening around us, are you taking time to notice these things? Are you aware of the birds, squirrels, and geese as they flutter and bounce about in front of you?
Perhaps five minutes is all you can spare in your day, and that’s ok. Take the five minutes, breathe, rest, and pause to listen for a moment. And then take 5 more minutes (unless there are cookies in the oven). It’ll be ok, there is plenty of time to get what can be done.
Have you gotten lost in the chaos of gifts, parties, and expectations?
Have you lost your way?
What do you need help with, and from who?
Are you well?