During the four weeks of Advent we are supposed to be waiting for Jesus. But we are busy. We are shopping. We are baking. We are traveling. We are entertaining. We are wrapping gifts and trimming the tree. All in anticipation of Christmas – Christ’s Mass. We celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25th but do we miss out on the beauty of our Savior’s birth with all our “busy-ness”? Do we need to quiet ourselves and listen for His voice?
I personally need to be patient with myself. This is my annual struggle of wanting the “perfect Christmas” and not being able to let go so that I can be perfected by Christ.
My need to do it all; to have it all is exhausting. So again this year I’m going to let go (or at least try to let go) of my need to micro-manage Christmas. All I ask for is your patience, too. Be patient with me if you don’t receive a Christmas card until December 26th or 27th. Be patient with me if I don’t seem “cheerful” enough during our holiday gatherings – I’ll get there. Be patient with me if I don’t have the house decorated well enough or if your gift seems hurriedly wrapped.
This year I’m going to hold my grandbabies and try to sing Christmas carols. This year I’m going to try to read ALL of the holiday newsletters and Christmas greetings the day that they come in the mail. This year I’m going to try to take my time with those who need me to slow down and REALLY listen to them.
I’m praying for patience and waiting for another Christmas miracle.
Who knows – I might be blessed with patience yet!
Be patient, brothers and sisters,
until the coming of the Lord.
See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth,
being patient with it
until it receives the early and the late rains.
You too must be patient.
Make your hearts firm,
because the coming of the Lord is at hand.