Like most people the holiday season usually stresses me out. There is my regular life to manage (2 teenage daughters and their crazy schedules, 2 small businesses to run, 3 dogs, 2 houses to clean and maintain, errands, chores, cooking meals, laundry, church activities, 2 yoga classes) and then you add Christmas (decorating those two houses, shopping, wrapping, baking, parties) and it can send anyone over the edge. I have really tried this year not to get overwhelmed with everything. I have been trying to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas for me. In the past I wrote about “living in the light of God’s presence”. I have been trying to carry that light with me throughout this holiday season.
When advent began three weeks ago and since then, I have been in that expectant mode – waiting in eager anticipation of the coming of the Christ and as my level of consciousness is being expanded and raised I continue to anticipate the next level – more of the Christ-consciousness being realized in me. And one day, just as the Word was made flesh and walked among us, I will also come in to that full realization and He will be born in me. I will not know the day or the hour so I am told to stay awake and be alert. And so for me Christmas has become not only the celebration of the coming of the Christ but also the coming of the individual Christ-consciousness in each and every one of us, including myself. When I rest in His grace and provision and when I live in the present moment, the stresses of the holiday season become a lot more manageable and I am allowed to absorb the truth and the meaning of this holiday season for myself. It has been a truly beautiful experience.
My priest recently shared a beautiful prayer with us written by Henri Nouwen that seems rather fitting for the topic of this post today. I wanted to share it with you:
“Lord Jesus, Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day. We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us. We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom. We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence. We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light. To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!” Amen.
May you all experience a Christ-filled holiday this year and may you experience the joy, peace, beauty, and blessings of His presence. To God be the glory! Amen!