(Inside: A busy mom’s prayer for Christmas. Build your faith in the holiday season. See God in the holiday hustle.)
This time of the year is magical – but oh so busy. Lord, I want to see YOU in the Hustle. I pray that…
When we are pulling out the artificial tree, stringing the lights, laughing a little louder, we remember that this feeling of excited anticipation is what your people felt when they heard that you were sending the promised Messiah.
When we hang the collection of ornaments, a wooden bear from the Rocky Mountain National Park, a cross-stitch ornament nana lovingly made…we remember how God creates each one of us uniquely. We remember that together like the ornaments hung on the tree, we are your beautiful world.
When we wrap the gifts, smoothing brightly colored paper around each box, we remember that you wrap your hope around us. Continually and forever.
When we gather around the lit tree, legs tucked under blankets, the dog nestled next to our kids, and read the Christmas story – may we remember that you invite us into your story. You invite us into your Kingdom and life-giving works here on this earth.
When we roll the gingerbread cookie dough into a tidy ball and cover it with sugar, or press the Hershey’s kiss into the center of the circular peanut butter cookie, may we be reminded how sweet it is to have a God who loves us so abundantly.
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When we lift our lighted candles at the end of the Christmas Eve service singing, “silent night…holy night…all is calm, all is bright…” may we feel grateful for the peace you pour over us during worship.
When we open the gifts, may we remember the reason we give is to remind ourselves of the ultimate gift – baby Jesus.
And most of all – when celebrating all goes awry, when the blizzard hits and plans are canceled, when cousin Ralph cuts through the pleasant conversation with his obnoxious words (again), or when your Christmas tree crashes to the ground shattering ornaments and dumping water all over your wood floor (my friend’s true story) that we remember the biggest message of Christmas. Our salvation is based on grace. The grace of a God who loves us so much he tucked the best gift into a humble manager. Grace that to walk with Him, we only have to ask. Grace that is gently whispered from every corner of our imperfect lives: You need me, you need me, you need me – I am a God of grace. Follow me.
In the holiday hustle, Lord, may I see you.
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, educator, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration in parenting, family connection ideas, encouragement for moms, and more empowering content. Read more in the “about” section of this page.