Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
My husband, Danny, and I love our twice a year getaways to the Nantahala Mountains of North Carolina. Our most recent trip, taken in mid-December, is long overdue. We have endured our share of stress over the preceding months. Especially in the season of Advent, when we are called to slow down and reflect, and not succumb to the world's interpretation of the days leading up to Christmas, our rest and relaxation comes at the perfect time.
Our cabin, appropriately named Heavenly View, is a haven of peace and serenity.
But it is the panorama of God's glory spread before us that brings the most comfort as He invites us to truly rest in His creation.
The only thing to remind us of Christmas' coming is a humble one, a nostalgic one, placed thoughtfully in the cabin by its owners.
And we thankfully recall who we are in the eyes of the Lord.
We remember what Christmas is all about . . .
As this New Year unfolds, with all its promises and uncertainties, will you trust and rest in the Lord?
Prayer: Father, may we never get so busy and distracted in our lives that we allow our focus to be on anything but You and Your heavenly view. We thank You for Your peace that passes all understanding. May we bring our burdens to You, through Christ Jesus, knowing our rest will be complete. It is in His precious name, we pray. Amen.