Anne Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts was recommended to me by my parents’ pastor. Although I have not completed this rich text, I have started my own list of thankful moments. Also, I read Voskamp’s blog. As her words jump from the screen to my consciousness, I am inspired and renewed.
Recently, Voskamp wrote, “Rest in the rest of Christmas.” Those words could have been written just for me. I will travel a lot in the next few days. For the first holiday ever I am recognizing that I cannot possibly see each family member and close friend in a whirl wind trip home. Time is precious. I hope to make the most of my time at home.
I am unplugging from social media for the next few days. I plan to play Bananagrams, sleep later than usual, and enjoy good novels.
But the most important task of all as I “rest in the rest of Christmas” is to remember the real reason of Christmas is the birth of Christ. I would not have genuine hope, peace, joy, and love unless the divine came to earth to save us.
I pause from the business to say, “Merry Christmas to you and your family. May each of you find ‘rest in the rest of Christmas.'”
“Be still and know that I am God!” Psalm 46:10