I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. John John 14:27 NIV
We are getting closer to Christmas. The pace is picking up. I can feel the excitement all around me whether at school, church, or the mall. People are bustling and hurried. Some and hurried. Some are frantic. Too much to do; so little time. And if you are like me, which some of you are, you are thinking, “I want this to be the most perfect Christmas ever.” I want to buy the just-right gift. I want the food to be visually appealing and delicious. Heaven forbid, if a cookie comes from the oven a little slanted or bowed—well, that one definitely will have to go in my mouth. And now I have the guilt of over-eating and stress.
But friends, these anxious thoughts and stressful days are not what Christmas is supposed to be about. We are to be still and remember the gift. Because of His great love for you, God sent His son to provide forgiveness of sins and everlasting life. And that Son, when He was about to return to His Father, left us with a parting gift—peace of mind and heart. We willingly accept the Father’s gift, but Jesus’ gift—we have forgotten to open it. Today, this very moment, you need to pause and breathe and receive the gift of peace. Tranquility and serenity are within you already, you just have to relax into its gentle flow. This precious gift of peace of mind and heart is yours. Be still. Close your eyes. Breathe. Calm your anxious mind. A Christmas in which love and peace reign supreme is perfect.
Remembering the Reason for the Season,