This time of year, life feels very crowded. On top of our normal schedules and to-do lists, I bet most of us have additional chores, errands, parties and travel added to our days. The days are fast-paced and packed with endless to-dos, and the nights relaxing at home feel too short and far between.
Last night I listened to Linus explain the true meaning of Christmas to Charlie Brown. Linus shares the biblical story of Jesus’ birth in the manger, stating “the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not; for behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.’” Whether you believe Linus’ explanation or not, the experience Mary and Joseph had is relatable today: a knock at the door of an inn, an ordinary couple turned away, hearing “sorry, but there is no room at the inn. It’s FULL.”
Here are my thoughts. Hearing “It’s FULL,” or feeling that life is too full results in missed opportunities. If you are anything like me- when my days get too crowded- I miss a lot of opportunities during the holidays. One opportunity is taking the time to find a quiet moment and still my soul. When I carve out time to be still, I see beyond this busy season as I am reminded of the gifts God promises to each and every one of us: hope for tomorrow and more love for today. Whether in the late hours of the night or the very early hours of the morning, I hope you can also seek a quiet place and find time to be still. I hope you find time to reflect.
It is with these thoughts I wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and a very healthy, hopeful, and Happy New Year.