Lord, in this season where we proclaim Your gifts of peace, love and joy may we not forget to be beacons of that to those we hold most dear.
I am convicted that I feel it all starting to sweep me away. As I talk to my children about the real meaning of the season--I cringe that there are discrepancies in the way they see me respond to it all. I tell them it is about Jesus and the way He changed the world--but I want them to see how He is still changing me. So, this morning (and maybe every morning for the next few weeks), I pray.
When I look at the calendar and the countless details and lists of things we need to bring for this gathering or that, when I start to feel the anxiety welling up within my chest, I pray your will give me a grounding perspective of PEACE.
As the endless supply of sugar, changes in schedule and electric excitement of the season have my children bouncing off the walls, when the stress of those around me begins to collide into mine, may I show your unchanging LOVE.
Instead of heavy sighs at what needs to be done next--I pray that you will bless me with the ability to be fully present in the moment--with JOY.
The holidays are a bustling time, but they don't have to be crazy. There are so many (wonderful, fun) distractions. I pray my eyes will stay steadfastly focused on what is important--Your Light in and through me--365 days a year.