He says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
The Christmas season with all its worldly trappings is upon us once more. Gifts to buy and wrap. Parties to plan or attend. Baking for friends and neighbors. Trimming the tree. Hanging the wreaths, the stockings, the garlands. Cards to sign and send. More gifts to buy and wrap . . .
The hustling, bustling, head-spinning list of must-dos and have-tos seems endless!
And, if we let it consume us, by the time Christmas Day rolls around, we are too tired or cranky or broke to enjoy it. Too stressed out to celebrate the glad tidings with great joy.
But, how do we slow down? How can we simply be still in the midst of chaos? Meet the demands which keep on coming with grace?
What can we do to prepare our hearts, minds, and souls to welcome the real reason for the season?
I have three suggestions: set aside intentional time just for you; spend time in prayer and scripture, and read Andy Wood's inspirational gem of a book, The Twelve Pathways to Christmas which you can download to your Kindle here.
What a happy serendipity it is the day I run across Andy's marvelous blog, Lifevesting! I have followed his writings faithfully ever since. So, imagine my delight when Andy recently asks me to read his latest book and write a review for Amazon. As well acquainted as I am with his writing style, I know I'm in for one pleasurable and enlightening learning experience.
And, I am right. From the first page to the last, Andy's conversational style, memorable vignettes, and grounded Biblical references draw me in and set me to soaring on eagle's wings.
I cannot put it down. I read it all in one afternoon. I want to read and reread.
Again, and again, and again . . .
And, I will, but slower this time. Much slower. I want to savor, to treasure each word. Take each of the twelve pathways one at a time. Reflect. Meditate.
Because, I know beyond any remnant of a doubt, even a Scrooge couldn't help but be moved by Andy's engaging, illuminating work. And, that being said, The Twelve Pathways to Christmas will replace A Christmas Carol as my traditional Advent read.
And, my hope for you? That Andy's book will become your required read for this blessed season, too.
Will you take time to be still and know that He is God in this all too busy season of the year?
Will you pray with me?
Thank you, Father, for giving us gifted writers like Andy Wood who so eloquently remind us to stay centered in You during this hectic and busy season. May we never forget to be still, to listen to You, to know You. Let us all rejoice in the reason for the season, giving thanks to You in all things. Amen.