Holiday Fever

December 7, 2002
by Brenda Wood

Mark 2:19-20 – Jesus said, "When you are celebrating a wedding, you don't skimp on the cake and wine. You feast. Later you may need to pull in your belt, but not now. As long as the bride and groom are with you, you have a good time. No one throws cold water on a friendly bonfire. This is Kingdom Come!" (MSG)

In the rush of December, the world calls us to scurry. We are called to claw out precious time to buy "perfect" gifts for difficult people. Our wrapped presents are to have designer-like qualities. The politically correct "holiday tree" must have a colour theme. There are heart-dangerous specialties to bake.

The card came in the midst of my running. My mentally challenged friend usually writes notes that are scrambled and disjointed. This one was oh, so very painfully clear.

    Dear Brenda,
    God thinks you will understand what He truly gave you.
    God wants fellowship with you.
    He doesn't just want words and rituals.

In the midst of the frantic, in one form or another, His still, small voice continues to call us to what really matters.

Let's celebrate and rejoice in the joy of the Christmas season! Jesus loved a good party!

But He also knew how to make time for what really counted: time with the Father.

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

Prayer: Oh God, the words of the card are sharp and piercing. We have been too busy. We have been too desperately trying to follow the world's impossible celebration standard. As we fellowship with You, Lord, speak to our hearts. Communicate peace to us, and show us how to celebrate Your Son's birth with more joy and less galloping. Amen.

About the author:

Brenda Wood <brenda.w@nextcom.ca>
Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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