The day of the month we gather at the Orchard to just S_L_O_W_____D_O_W_N!!!!!!!
Slow down and remember, reflect and respond to what God is doing and wants to be doing in our lives. It is a time to worship the one who Was Who is and Who is to come. To pull back from the hecticness of the season and to remember the reason for the season. Gods Love for us and His desire to bring us back to him. To free us from the bondage of sin and to change us into His likeness again.
I have to admit that the hecticness is wearing me down and I am weary from the stress, The reason flees from me and I loose sight of my goals of becoming more like Christ and start becoming more of the opposite. To resist becoming Scroogy; Grinchy; or just plain grumpy has failed and it is now time to take a step back and like Charlie Brown, Yell out "Doesn't anyone know what Christmas is all about!?!" and wait for Linus to say: " I know what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown... Lights please - " ...Luke chapter 2 (msg):
8-12There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God's angel stood among them and God's glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, "Don't be afraid. I'm here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David's town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you're to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger."
13-14At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God's praises:
Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.
15-18As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. "Let's get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us." They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child.
This is what Christmas is all about.
I need to slow down more than just about anyone and just RELAX!