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Christmas Stress? Let it Go

Senior Pastor Bill Hayden
Date Published: 
Saturday, December 9, 2017

     The stress of preparation can sour your joy for an event that you anticipated to be filled with excitement and fun. As a child I could not wait for the Christmas Season to roll around after the Thanksgiving Holiday. I knew that I probably would not get the things on my list because of our financial status so I would stack this list in hope of getting a couple of items. I really wanted a bicycle but that didn’t happen until I was an adult. Can you imagine that? 

     The Christmas season is a very stressful time for me. You go to the storage area, move boxes that are in the back and pull out all the decorations and maybe an artificial Christmas tree too. Shopping at department stores, grocery stores, waiting in long lines, driving in circles in the parking lots, looking for a space are not the things I look forward to during this time of year. “Now don’t forget any items on your list or be ready to repeat the process”! Online shopping has given some relief, but does not entirely free you from the occasional things that come up during the week of celebration. I think that my heart is beginning to race just thinking about history repeating itself. Do you think that I could be turning into a grumpy old man? So enough of the hum drums! 

     With everything said and done, I do like spending time with family. I think that it’s the preparation before and the cleanup afterwards that can be very challenging. This year I’m going to have my grandchildren get the tree and decorations from downstairs as well as arrange everything, since they are younger and stronger. This way it will give them a greater appreciation for what Nana and Papa have done over the years for everyone’s enjoyment. 

     I think that I’m feeling much better now that I have a plan in place! I’ll encourage them with the saying, “If you don’t work, you don’t eat!” Young people in their twenties love to eat; I know I did at their age. Suddenly, the weight is being lifted and I feel a happy dance coming on and….. I’m not going to wash dishes this year! They are going to do it! This is going to be the best Christmas season ever! 

     Let’s follow this rule: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6 NIV

     Bless us with your presence and join us this Sunday at the Villages Community Chapel in Cribari Auditorium 10a.m. to be encouraged over the Word, a cup of coffee and cookies. Pastor Emeritus Peter Unruh will be speaking on "Christmas: When God Came Down."

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