Raise your hand if you’re a bit burned out.
It can often happen this time of year.
We can believe that there is simply too much to do in too little time.
Two months ago I made the decision to take a 6 week semester off from college.
Trying to maintain a happy home life along with straight A’s had worn me out completely. To try and do it during the holidays seemed overwhelming.
It was a decision I agonized over and shed a few tears. The decision meant that it would now be that much longer before I graduated. But what I have learned is that I am glad that I said “No.”
Because it has allowed me to really be present for my family and for others.
That in and of itself has been a gift.
My goal was to have the commercial portion of Christmas finished by Tuesday, December 15th.
Cards sent, gifts wrapped, house decorated. You know, what the retailers/media tell us we’re SUPPOSED to do.
Then, I was going to focus on the real Christmas.
What I found out is that when you live your life like a whirling dervish it can be hard to stop.
By Thursday I was overcome, even confused, by the quiet.
I continue to ask for grace in accepting the peace and quiet so that I may prepare my heart.
A heart ready for the true Christmas.
I know I need this.
Perhaps you do too.
Today is the third Sunday in Advent, Gaudete Sunday. The Angel’s candle, also known as the Joy candle, will be lit.
May your inner joy candle be lit and shine for all to see.
"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your forbearance be known to all, for the Lord is near at hand; have no anxiety about anything, but in all things, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. Lord, you have blessed your land; you have turned away the captivity of Jacob." ~ Philippians 4:4~6