Hi, all! I have been away for a while so Mandie has been carrying the blog all by herself (well done, Mandie! You’ve developed some real Blog muscles!). Quite frankly, I have allowed the busy-ness of my life to distract me from my walk with God. Has this ever happened to you? When the details of each tree in the forest detracts from the purpose of the forest as a whole? Hmmmm, deep…
It’s easy in life to get distracted–there are lights and sounds and people and events and responsibilities and deadlines and stress and anxieties–so much to draw our eyes away from Christ!
God, through Christ, knows what it’s like to be down here on the earth, to feel the press of concerns, and yet He tells us…
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7 NIV
Doesn’t the sound of ‘peace that transcends all understanding’ sound heavenly? Is this not what this time of Christmas is all about? God’s gift to us, Jesus, who brought us, amongst other things, the gift of peace?
How, practically, can we get this peace in amongst the flurry and bustle that happens at this time of year? God continues the above verse by telling us.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8,9 NIV
I would like to take this time to remind you (and me!) not to let the ‘things’ of this time of year distract you from the ‘Who’ that this season really represents.
I pray that you may feel God’s peace and His all-encompassing love during this beautiful Christmas season!