Wednesday, December 22, 2010

One Minute Vacation: Add to the List

This week begins with frenzy and dissolves into flat-out panic for many people. Sure, we know Christmas comes each year, but when crunch time arrives, we freak out over the things left undone.

Did I buy a present for Aunt Martha?
Will I run out of wrapping paper?
Can I make this pair of pantyhose last one more party?
Am I a failure for not baking Christmas cookies?
We make lists, either on paper or in our heads, and desperately try to remember every single thing on them.

I've been guilty of busy-ness this holiday season. The most important thing isn't even on my list.

I haven't taken the time to recline on the couch in our darkened living room and reflect on the meaning of Christmas as the lights from the tree cast a warm glow on the walls. My soul needs to hear the priceless words of the second chapter in Luke. Yes, I know that in those days Ceasar Augustus issued a decree, but I need to let the beauty of God's grace seep in.

He sent His son to die for me, for you, for all mankind so that we can be with Him for eternity.

I can't imagine sending my son to die. I'd do anything to make sure he lives, and not only that he lives, but that he's happy and fulfilled. Parents want the best for their kids, not death, not for people who don't deserve or appreciate it.

But that's what Christmas is all about. A precious, perfect baby sent to earth for you. For me.
So as you prepare for the holidays, try to throw off the rushed anxiety, try to shake the annoyed feeling when Aunt Kathy gives you a backhanded compliment, and don't worry if you didn't buy the perfect gift.

We have an eternity of perfection waiting for us.

Let's add soaking in God's gift of His son to our list.

Have a blessed day!


  1. Woohoo and amen! :-) Merry Christmas, Jill!

  2. Amen! The other day I caught my four year old talking to Mary in the Nativity set, telling her, "He's going to grow up and die for our sins." It was a great moment.

  3. Oops, I meant five year old. LOL, I'M getting old =P

  4. I love lingering in front of the Christmas tree in the evenings, it's so peaceful ...

    Merry Christmas Jill, wishing you much peace and happiness in 2011!

  5. Beautiful sentiments, Jill. I do use this time of year to reflect. Have a joyous Christmas and New Year.

  6. Good morning!

    Jessica: Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

    Georgiana: That is the sweetest thing I've heard all week. What a darling!

    Joanne: Sounds wonderful! Merry Christmas to you too!!

    Em: I've been reflecting a lot the last few days. Can't wait to see you for coffee soon!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  7. A very merry Christmas to you and your family.

  8. Nicely said Jill. Merry Christmas!

  9. We definitely need to remember the real reason for the season. Thanks for the reminder.

    Have a Merry Chritmas.

  10. Oh, thank you, honey, for telling me I have an eternity of perfection awaiting me. I needed to read that. Ah....

    You are wonderful. Have a wonderful Christmas,

  11. Great blog Jill!! Merry Christmas and you are right...we can be perfect in heaven;) For now, I'll enjoy Christmas for what it really is about!!

  12. What a beautiful post, Jill. Wishing you wonder-filled moments of reflection when you need them most.

  13. Thanks everyone, for the wonderful Christmas wishes! Hoping you all have a terrific holiday!

    Merry Christmas, and thanks for stopping by!

  14. Wow. Now THIS is a Christmas post! Thanks Jill, you're so right. I love reading that section of Luke also. I'm proud of our kids for knowing and appreciating the real reason behind Christmas.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  15. Beautiful post, Jill! I love the peaceful time when no one is up and it's just me and the Christmas tree. It's calming...

    Have a blessed Christmas safe.

  16. Hi Jill -

    The frenzy is threatening to hit here! Besides Christmas, my mother had several doctor appointments.

    Thanks for reminding me to get my attention back on Jesus. BTW, love the Willow Tree figurines. I have several.

    Merry Christmas,
    Susan :)

  17. What a wonderful reminder, Jill! And so true--He's the reason for the season and I need to remember that too often lately. Thank you!

    Have a merry Christmas! I love your perspective!

  18. Well you ladies just made my morning! Thank you so much for stopping by!

  19. Amen!!! And Merry Christmas, Jill! :)

  20. What a perfect post to read today - - thank you!!

  21. I hate to say this but you are absolutely wrong. Everything about this post is absured. Do you even have any idea what you are talking about? I suggest you visit your local community college to get up to speed. Better yet check out the middle school at least their thoughts surpass yours!

  22. This was just wonderful,wonderful, wonderful. And it made me pause and think. Thanks and blessings.

  23. Amen to that! I hope your Christmas was beautiful:)

  24. Fantastic reminder, thank you! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and here's to a wonderful New Year, as well!


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