It is almost Thanksgiving, almost Advent, almost Christmas, and there is much to do.. yet I ache for slowness, for rest.
And it seems impossible, because my list-- it is filled to overflowing, filled with good things, important things, works of love to be poured out on those around me. Giving and doing: these things are important, and I cannot cross them off the list simply because I am overwhelmed, because life is moving too fast, because I can't seem to find time to breathe and just be with so much to do. If only there were a pause button, so that I could freeze moments, stare at them, dwell in them and enjoy them without feeling like I am simply falling more behind.
The list of good things can drive me like a slave if I let it. It can consume me and break me. And I know from experience that a mama consumed, a mama broken is not able to serve her family with love.
A welcoming home, and a welcoming lap- can I not have both of these things?
Not in my own strength I can't. I only know how to be a goat, to barrel through, and keep my head down and my feet moving. But feet that never stop-- they step on little toes. And eyes that look only to the next thing to be done-- they miss the beauty of the falling snow, and the gifts of God outpoured day after day after day, from His heavens.
I don't want to stampede through the holidays. I don't want to miss Him.
So here's hoping for some slowness, for some rest. No, more than hoping- here's praying. Join me, won't you?
The busy season is upon us again, and it is so easy for us to become slaves to the things of this world. Slow down our pace, Lord, even if only for brief moments each day. Teach us to rest in You, to dwell with you. Fill our ears with Your Word, open our eyes to Your presence with us. Jesus, our refuge from sin and death, be also our refuge from busyness and anxiety. Dwell in our homes, in our families, in our mealtimes, our parties, and our days of travel. And by Your grace, help us to see you, God with us, and welcome you in faith and love. Amen
Recommended reading, for those who desire slowness, and rest in Jesus
The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp
Her poetic writing style invites thoughtfulness, rest, and meditation.
Plus, this book includes an optional Jesse tree activity for the children.
The Infant Priest by Chad L. Bird
A collection of powerful poetry and hymns- with vivid (and sometimes shocking) imagery.
I am reading this one slowly and enjoying it thoroughly.