by Joe Siefkas, First Presbyterian
It’s not too late. As a matter of fact, the timing is perfect. You have an opportunity to avoid the post-Holiday blues, that nagging feeling in your gut that you’ve missed something.
You have an opportunity right now, at this very moment to make commitments to yourself and your loved ones that will fulfill all of your dreams about Christmas.
You have an opportunity today to set your priorities for the coming weeks and special days. Set your priorities and stick with your priorities. Your priorities for how you spend your time and how you spend your money. Your priorities for where your heart lies and who is most important to you.
Of course I have some suggestions. To start with, keep it simple. Focus on celebrating the birth of Christ and glorifying God. As you make your commitments and set your priorities, ask yourself, “Am I keeping the birth of Jesus at the center of my plans, do my plans glorify God?”
Find time to do the things that support your connection to the reason for the season.
Light a scented candle, put on some quiet Christmas hymns, and read the 2nd Chapter of Luke. My favorites are, “The Coventry Carol”, “Carol of the Bells”, “Lo, How A Rose”, and “The Holly and the Ivy”. I like Chanticleer, and George Winston.
Meditate on the magnificent gift of grace that God has given us in Jesus. Donate some of your time and money for the care of others. Go to Church as often as possible. Spend time with people that love you. Do the things that are precious from your childhood. Take a walk and look at all of the Christmas lights. Feel the crisp air on your cheeks. Go caroling.
Don’t let yourself be cynical, let yourself be enthusiastic. Speak loving words to everyone. Pray. Remember the word of the Lord, Matthew 6:21, “Wherever your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
You have the opportunity right now to make the Christmas of your dreams a reality. Make your list and check it twice. Make God your first priority. Don’t forget that Santa Clause works for God. You will feel good about your Holidays, when the gray cold days of January roll in.