Today marks the first and last day of the final week of Advent; it’s nearly always an abbreviated week, but moreso than usual this year because of where Christmas falls. It seems fitting culturally that this is the week of Peace. It is not often that we take the time to dwell in peace, though I would venture it to be the most important part of this season. I know I’m not alone in this; if our grandfathers could stop World War II to observe a day of peace in this season, we certainly can pause our lives for a few hours to bring peace into them.
I know that Christmas Eve can be a challenge of a day for me to propose this, but perhaps that makes it all the more important to attempt to bring peace into our lives. It is so easy to lose track on this day what this season is truly about, but I want to challenge you to make it a priority.
- Is that last gift worth the anxiety of traffic and the competition with other consumers?
- Is the perfect outfit worth the fight with little ones as you try to head out the door?
- Is being exactly on time worth the hurt feelings it may take to get people to follow your schedule?
- Is the perceived approval of others worth the lost time with family and the added self-doubt as you try to erase any trace of your house having occupants?
Maybe to you, the answer to these questions is a resounding “YES”, and, if so, by all means carry on. But for everyone else, I would encourage you to claim the promise of a “peace that passes all understanding” and take the opportunity to view today with the excitement of a child. I promise your stresses will be waiting for you if you choose to pick them back up another day.
With hope, love, joy, and peace,
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