Sunday, December 28, 2008

Enduring To The End

Our modern Christmas is a great symbol of enduring to the end. I work and strive to prepare and do every little thing I can to get ready. I worry that I'm getting my fair share then guilt rushes in and I worry that maybe I have to much so I rush out to help others. I try to accomplish each of our traditions and a few really great ones I've read or heard about somewhere. I worry myself0 sick with cooking and cleaning and preparing. I stew over each child and whether they have enough of each little thing that is popular and will help them successfully answer the question, "What did you get for Christmas!"

Then suddenly I wake up and it's Christmas morning, no more work or worry or preparation I'm naked, as it were, before the spirit of Christmas finding that all the stress and worry did was detract from my enjoyment of the season. The Joy of the holiday makes up for all the things that I thought I had to get done but didn't . With a sigh of relief I realize that Christmas really is a season of Christ, that his birth is the reason for the season and the fact that I ran out of time to make sugar cookies and do more than stick a bow on a present or two is made up for by the love of the Savior.

I'm glad that it's all over for one more year and with Gods insight maybe I'll be able to apply the lesson to my life.


3 Bay B Chicks said...

Your countdown to the holiday sounds all-too-familiar. I was living by the minute, not even by the hour, in the days leading up to Christmas. It got pretty bad. One night, I slept from about 7:30-11 pm and that was it for the night. I spent the rest of the time while the kids were asleep cooking, cleaning, and wrapping.

Your message is a great remainder for all of us. Thank you.

We wish you a joyful new year.


Valerie aka Mamalovelock said...

I completely understand.

Too many forget what the reason for the season really is. Hope you had a grand Christmas.

Now looking to the New Year. . . . oh so many things I want to do. How about you?

mandi said...

I totally agree. You always say things in a beautiful way. Happy New Year!

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