The Lord replied, “My presence will go with you,
and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14 (NIV)
I think it’s pretty safe to assume that Christmas was a lot more enjoyable
when we were kids. Back then, our biggest worry was whether or
not Daddy was going to buy that huge Optimus Prime action figure and
getting more candy than our teeny-tiny hyperactive hearts can take.
Now we’re all sad and grown up. Reality hits us like a truck, and we
have wonderful Christmas things to think about, like trying not to
disappoint our kids, or being able to afford everything, or making sure
everyone is happy. Fa la la la la, eh?
Even trying to relax is stressful during this season. We are so obsessed
over making everything perfect; making sure that this is the Christmas.
We force ourselves to watch those Christmas specials and sing those
cheesy songs over and over, trying desperately to get into the
Of course, we’re fooling ourselves. The real meaning of Christmas is
Now I’m not saying we should drop the holly and the gingerbread and
call it heresy, but we should at least remember the reason we sing those
hymns. As long as we remember, on the evening of December 25th, the
real reason we get worked up over this, we can rest.
Chill out, people.
Lord, give us rest and peace this season, and let us remember
your precious, almighty gift. Amen.