And, what’s the first thing that came to your mind when you read those words?
Something stressful, panicky, negative?
Something is wrong with that! Lots of something wrong with that!
The angel said to the shepherds, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10,11)
It’s Christmas! This is good news of great joy! A Savior! Jesus! Christ the Lord! That is good news!
But all we feel is — panic, pressure, pandemonium?!
Parker Palmer says,
“Too many of us consent, or are forced, to spend time doing things for which we have no heartfelt reason. If we were asked, “Why are you doing this?,” we would not know how to answer.”
Does this describe your journey through the Christmas season? Do you find yourself in January each year exhausted, sad, discouraged, spent – emotionally, financially, spiritually? Are you wondering why it is you said yes to some things and no to others? Why you allowed the panic, the pressure, the pandemonium to build and build and build? Do you question why you even do what you do?
Just for a moment then, let’s think forward to January 2017 . . .