Do you ever feel like you suffer from stillness illness?
I know I do.
Our habit is to live life in a constant state of busy-ness, which often we don’t like, but have no idea how to change. Work must be done. Children must be taken places. Friends and extended family members must be attended to. So we attempt to live life in this whirwind of activity that only ramps up the closer we get to the holidays. We’re not just trying to survive life. We’re adding to it. Constantly.
They are all good things mind you. Who doesn’t want to participate in the office party, and the school function, and all the things the Church does? But the level of stress continues to rise the closer and closer we get to December 25, as we attempt to keep our Pinterest faces on to cover up our spent hearts.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
What if we tried to go the other direction? What if we attempted to slow down when everything around us is ramping up? What if we said “no” when we feel so absolutely compelled to say “yes?”
I think it might be possible to experience Christmas differently this year, and come away richer because of it.
Luke recounts a story from Jesus’ life where he’s visiting with some friends. The sisters of Lazarus the host, Martha and Mary, obviously have much to do to prepare for Jesus and His guests. Martha finds herself busy in the kitchen doing all the things that need to be done for a nice first century party, while Mary sits at Jesus’ feet listening ….
Experience Christmas is the response to my own stillness illness. I get wrapped up in the holidays and have often arrived at Christmas celebrations on the 25th haggled by the crazy of the season, worn down, spent, and emptied of the very reason I celebrate in the first place.
Writing this devotional helped reconnect me to the Child in the manger in an incredible way. It’s helped me inch away from the busy-ness of Martha to embrace the stillness of Mary.
I hope it might do the same for you.
About the Book
Experience Christmas: Preparing Your Heart for the Manger Through the Stories and Songs of the Season is a daily Advent devotional formatted to engage the reader through Scripture, song, reflection, and prayer. Formatted for both individual or group study, Experience Christmas is an incredible tool for both believer and seeker to engage the Biblical narrative in a new way this Christmas.