December 7

Be Still

BE STILL, O MY SOUL!

As we plan and prepare for Christmas, we want our homes to be decorated beautifully inside and out; we want the tree to be shining brightly; we want the gifts to be wrapped and bedecked with bows; we want food cooked to share with family, friends, and neighbors; and we want our wardrobe to reflect the gaiety and glitter of the season.

OH! THE PRESSURE WE PUT ON OURSELVES FOR EVERYTHING TO BE PERFECT.

But is all of that really necessary? It really is not a competition. Are we forgetting the most important aspects of the season? Our bodies and souls would probably benefit from less frenetic activities. Perhaps we could breathe deeply and enjoy peacefulness and tranquility and a little solitude. Perhaps we could prepare our hearts with music, prayer, reading and meditation.

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Children would probably prefer a less harried, hurried household. Friends might enjoy a calm hostess. This year I am going to await the coming of our Savior, the Holy Christ Child with a bit more quiet and calm and a spirit of holy reverence.

“Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Psalm 46:10

Barbara Hugghins

Lord, keep us focused on You during this Christmas season. Show us how to be still and tend to our hearts and souls. Prepare us to bring peace into the lives of those around us too.

 Additional Scriptures: Luke 10:38-42, Luke 12:22-23, Isaiah 26:3, Psalm 119:165

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