Pausing Before Christmas

Today will probably present the last opportunity many of us have for a short pause before we are hurled into the maelstrom of Christmas preparations and celebrations. Some will be excited and hopeful; others tired and perhaps a bit crotchety; most of us will probably be too busy to register how we feel, we shall just get on with things.

I think ‘just getting on with things’ is exactly right. We are not called to be wondermen or wonderwomen. We are called to be human; and being human means accepting that we are weak and fallible at times. No matter how hard we try to make things perfect for others (or even ourselves), they never will be in this life. We live with imperfection, and it is a very good thing that we do. Otherwise, we should become completely impossible!

Today, if you can, try to make space for a minute or two alone with the Lord. Read through the readings for Christmas Mass, especially the Preface, and find a word or phrase you can take with you through the next few days. Return to it when you feel you are becoming stressed or agitated; silently recall it if you feel low; keep it close to you if you have to do something or spend time with someone you don’t much like. Let the Word take root in you, that you may welcome Him afresh on Christmas morning.

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6 thoughts on “Pausing Before Christmas”

  1. Sound advice which I will try to follow:
    Praying that I will not be too grumpy or crotchety, and I will let ‘the word take root in me’, to ponder in those low moments.
    Hope you have a lovely Christmas too. Thank you for your encouragement throughout this last year.:)

  2. As I sit for a moment in my apron at the kitchen table, between jobs, this is exactly the advice I needed. Thank you and God bless you.

  3. As always thank you for these wise words and advice which I shall follow. Have a joy filled Christmas day. Much love to you both.

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