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3 Ways to Embrace the Holy during the Holidays

3 Ways to Embrace the Holy during the Holidays

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I’ve hit the wall! I get here every year—that point where there is more to do than time to do it and I have to make a choice between holidays and holy days. Maybe you know what I mean?

It’s easy to get lost in all the doing and baking and wrapping and hugging and miss the moments that matter. And since we’re on the final march to Christmas Day the “to do” list is full of all those last minute tasks which need to be done. But perhaps there are a few things missing from that list, a few things that can change everything, a few things that can make the difference between surviving the holidays and celebrating the holy in the days.

Here are three easy but meaningful ways you can make sure your holidays embrace the holy as well.

Linger in the Lights

Take the time to sit in a room with just the tree lit or just some candles or the fire flickering. I love to look the tree lights when its dark and quiet. Breathe in deeply and consider this God, the Light of the World, who wrapped Himself in flesh.

Savor the Songs

Silent Night has long been one of my favorite Christmas carols. I especially love the third verse:

Silent night, holy night2
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Christ the Savior is born
Christ the Savior is born.

Those old carols can be reminders to us of the redemptive plan that sent a Baby to a manger as the sacrifice to bring us back to God. Next time you hear one of the familiar songs of Christmas, stop and listen to the words reflecting on the beauty of a Baby in a manger.

Remember to Rejoice

The chaos of this season makes it easy to focus on what we haven’t done and don’t have. But what if, over the next week we made the effort to rejoice? It’s hard to be grumpy when you are intentional about gratitude. We all have countless reasons to give thanks and be joyful. As Christmas Day draws near, remember to take joy in the abundance God has offered (John 10:10) and the countless gifts He gives us each day (James 1:17).

Christmas will be here before we know it and then we’ll all wonder where the year has gone. There will always be more to do than time to do it, I’ve learned that. But I hope I’m learning a more important lesson that will transcend the craziness of this time of year — to embrace the holy in the midst of the daily, every day of the year.

How are you intentional about embracing holiness in  spite of the holiday madness?

 

Merry Christmas!
Teri Lynne

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Teri Lynne (20 Posts)

Teri Lynne is a word loving, idea slinging, encourager of rest, focus, and embracing life's seasons. Her priorities include good coffee, excellent books, and lingering conversations. She is the author of Parenting from the Overflow and Prayers from the Pews: The Power of Praying for Your Church and the co-author of Self-Publish: Moving from Idea to Product. Teri Lynne and her worship leading husband live with their growing-up-way-too-fast teenage daughter and their ever pitiful basset hound in North Alabama where she finds time to write in between the car line and rotating laundry.


Comments

  1. Linda Anderson says:

    Beautiful thoughts on remembering the holy in the holidays! It is indeed too easy to forget why we have Christmas, but when we actually focus on Jesus, it does seem everything else falls into place!

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