It’s hard to believe that we are getting to the end of the year. The busy time. Halloween is upon us. Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. Then Advent. Then Christmas.
The song says “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” But there are many among us who don’t look forward to this season. Maybe they have lost a loved one, or struggling financially, or hasn’t had a good experience with that in the past.
Our Advent studies show that we celebrate the peace, joy, hope, and love of the Jesus story. We are drawn into the little town of Bethlehem, amidst the animals and the dirt. Past the crowd and into the space where Mary and Joseph bed down and bring the light into the world.
That’s what we have to do. We move through the things that get in the way of our path to Jesus. Our world is full of obstacles and distractions. We have work, home, sports, kids, hobbies, and a never-ending list of things to entertain us. Sometimes, even church gets in the way. It’s all about making sure you give time to Jesus. Personal and uninterrupted.
Matthew 6:33 says, “But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Jesus was giving us instruction to let go of the worry. Let go of the things holding us back from complete obedience. And when we drop the things of this world and focus on the important things, we begin to experience the peace, joy, hope, and love of Jesus. And that’s when we can really start living.
May this holiday season be joyful. May yours and your family’s health be good. And may you receive the many rich blessings that God has in store for you.