Okay, folks. It is Thanksgiving Monday. Is that a thing? I think I just made that up. My point is that the holidays have arrived. For the last few weeks, it has been all fun and planning. It’s been little kids making Christmas lists and grown ups deciding who will bring which dish to the family gathering. Seriously, you have to assign dishes or you will end up with a whole lot of deviled eggs and green bean casserole. Am I right?
So, up until now, it’s been fun and you’ve probably been handling it well. But, now, it’s Thanksgiving Monday and the stress is kicking in.
You’re worried that Uncle George is going to complain about something again.
What if you totally burn the ham like you did last year?
You’re dreading the long drive to so-and-so’s house.
Oh, no, there are only two paychecks until Christmas. How did that happen?
If we aren’t careful, we stress and plan and worry. In our attempts to create the perfect Pinterest holidays, we totally miss the meaning of the holidays. I came across a passage this morning and I immediately thought of my Mom Talk readers because I believe that we moms sometimes forfeit peace in our attempts at perfection.
And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, ” Would that you had known the things that make for peace!” – Luke 19:41-42
Jesus was weeping over the fact that Jerusalem just didn’t get it. If you had only known what would have brought you peace. I wonder how often he speaks the same words over us.
I couldn’t read that verse without immediately thinking of Paul’s words in Ephesians.
For he himself is our peace… – Ephesians 2:14
Peace isn’t found in perfection or presents or people. Peace only comes through Christ. He is peace.
Our children do not need the latest and greatest whatever.
If the turkey is dry and the mashed potatoes are lumpy, so be it.
Bring on the traffic and long check out lines and unending Christmas music on the radio.
But whatever you do, do not let Jesus look at your family this holiday and say, “If they had only known what would have brought them peace.”
Praying you feel the presence of the only One who offers peace.
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