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A last minute gift to buy…

Presents to wrap…

Christmas cards begging for their addresses…

That special someone’s favorite Christmas cookies left to bake…

Yes, ’tis the season, all right. Perhaps you are calm, heart fully prepared for Christmas. What a blessing!

But perhaps, like most people I know, you are caught up in the flurry of activity that consumes us this time of year. Even when we know we are missing the point, many of us can’t find a way to escape the frantic demands our minds place on us as we strive to create the picture-perfect Christmas for those we love.

Having lost my mother to a stroke just three months ago, I have been in an emotional fog. I’ve felt grief and loss, of course, but also anger and fear and confusion–and little pinpoints of joy here and there. The swirl of emotions was wearying and I couldn’t seem to escape it, so I sought out the help of prayer ministers. As Mary prayed with me, she shared her sense that I have been struggling to “put the pieces together” as in a puzzle, but that what God desired was for me to STOP and allow him to simply hold me and love me. In spite of the demands of Christmas–all that was yet to be bought, wrapped, addressed, and/or baked–I stole away for a day. I retreated from all the activities and preparations, escaping to my favorite quiet place where there was nothing to do other than receive the love God was offering me.

In the story of Mary and Martha recorded in chapter 10 of Luke’s gospel, we find Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus while Martha is quite busy in the kitchen. If you know the story, what has probably come to your mind is the contrast between obedient Mary and distracted Martha. It is every Christian woman’s challenge, is it not? At some point or another we have to deal with the sting of conviction that those words bring. But I digress… Setting aside whatever angst we may feel about that story, I would invite you to see Mary healingtouchsimply allowing Jesus to love her. Perhaps He has one hand resting on her head as she sits quietly in His presence. Now see Him extending His other hand to Martha, inviting her to stop her scurrying about. See Him creating space for Martha to also sit with Him so that she might simply receive His love, too. Now picture yourself in Martha’s place.

In the whirlwind that may be swirling within you and around you as you make your way through these last days before Christmas, I pray that you will retreat from the busyness, from the wearying swirl of emotions…escaping to a quiet place for as long as you need, until you, too, experience the love of God wrapping around you, calming and comforting you as nothing else can. Then your heart will be ready to share the Gift you have received: the love of Immanuel, God-with-us.

May your Christmas be blessed with the joy and love and peace of Christ.

One thought on “Loved

  1. I have 2 responses to this awesome post:

    1. Who, me? 😳

    2. Thanks for a great…and timely reminder!

    Love you!

    On Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 7:06 AM An equipper’s perspective wrote:

    > Andee posted: “A last minute gift to buy… Presents to wrap… Christmas > cards begging for their addresses… That special someone’s favorite > Christmas cookies left to bake… Yes, ’tis the season, all right. Perhaps > you are calm, heart fully prepared for Christmas. Wh” >

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