Merry Christmas, Dear Sisters!
I hope you are feeling the joy of the home stretch as Christmas is almost here and hopefully most of your many labors of love are done. As you gather with those most dear to you, I pray that your time will be blessed with peace and joy. Today has been a busy day of enjoying my family at the home of my husband’s parents. We’ve been blessed to make ourselves useful by taking care of a few of the items on their honey-do list. As I’ve moved through the last couple of days, I’ve heard these words in my heart and on my lips, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” I have always been the kind of woman who not only sweats the small stuff, but is able to find stuff so small most people can’t even see it. The Lord was definitely showing his sense of humor when He gave me six children. By His grace, the Father has been teaching me over the last twenty-two years that the small people are a whole lot more important than the small things. Of course, my small people aren’t so small anymore, but the principle is still the same. Hearts are what matter. All the rest will work out.
Abba Father, please help us approach the celebration of your Son’s birth with hearts free to love, free to rejoice, and free to let go of what isn’t as important as we might think. Let your peace and rest float down on us like gently falling snow. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.