Friday, November 30, 2012

Stress and Sweet Reminders

It is already November 30. And it's almost over! I can already hear the engines revving up as Christmas day quickly approaches! I am already feeling the stress of finding the perfect, and not so perfect, gifts for everyone on my list. My house remains only partially decorated - a fall wreath still hangs on my door! And the clock still ticks...

Yet amidst all the stress and distraction, there is a constant, sweet reminder from within to adore the Christ child. Christmas points us to the Savior, the Holy One of Israel. It is a time when the gospel is proclaimed in stores and secular radio stations through Christmas carols. Television channels broadcast the Christmas story in various ways. Christmas trees point heavenward and remind us of the everlasting love of our Father. The Truth of Christmas cannot be hidden or snuffed out. Emmanuel came to a world that did not want Him. Things haven't changed much. Yet, the One who came more than two-thousand years ago continues to abide with us.

As you make your purchases, wrap your gifts, finish your decorating, and enjoy the festivities of the season, enjoy the worshipful messages you hear and see around you. Remember that the Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace is your Wonderful Counselor through all the stress! His is a sweet reminder.