There is something about this time of year that seems to spread people thin. Whether it is finances, illnesses, family issues, or other burdens…well, they seem magnified during the holiday season with the frantic rush to get things done, show up to parties, and buy gifts (for most these days, this means trying to come up with money that is not in the bank).
This time of year should be simpler and the aim to please the masses should quiet down a bit. This season is not about material gifts, it is not about ugly sweaters (though they are kind of funny), and it isn’t about having the perfect centerpiece to accentuate your best china.
Personally, I would rather have someone’s time throughout the year even it is just a note from time to time to say, “Hi! I am thinking of you!”. I want someone’s time, I want their friendship, and I want their love more than anything else. I think, perhaps, that is really what we all want deep down inside. I very much appreciate gifts when I receive them, but I do not need them.
I want the gifts of the heart. That is what I crave; I want the heart. I am going to hazard a guess and say the heart is what God wants, too.
There is something much deeper that I want my children to understand about the holiday season, not to mention the other seasons of the year. I want my children to recognize the need for kindness, giving of the self, and being thankful for all that we have.
I cannot help but wonder if, perhaps, we collectively made those things the priority for the holidays that the atmosphere might shift. Maybe we wouldn’t feel the life being drained out of our spirits just trying to keep up with the ‘obligations’ of the season in the midst of financial stress, illness, bad news, and other adversities that come our way.
Today, I want to offer you my time and my heart. If you are carrying burdens, I invited you to lay them down here for a while and allow me to pray for you. If you are in need of prayers, feel free to make it known in the comments (you do not need to give any details, because God already knows them). Simply say, “Pray for me” or “I need prayer”. If that is not comfortable, you are welcome to use the contact form on the menu overhead.
I invite others to pray over the ones expressing need, as well. Let’s give each other the gift of our time today and carry some burdens for one another.