Thanksgiving is over and now it’s on to the Christmas dash. Yeah, that’s what it seems like for many – a dash to the finish line only to collapse at the end after it’s all over. But it can be different this year.

Imagine this scene for a moment: a couple and their child gather together, encircled by strangers and animals, in a land of persecution and poverty. Yet, the family is at peace. There is no hustle and bustle. There is no stress, no fear, no uncertainty. This family has learned that the greatest gift of all is Love.

They have each other and their precious new born son. Despite the harsh conditions, the lack of shelter, and being far from family and loved ones, there is a peace that surpasses all understanding because they are surrounded by Love.

Just as you and I are surrounded by Love. We may not always feel it, but Love is so much more than a feeling. Love is a knowing. Love is a presence. Love is a gift from above that embraces us every minute of every day.

When the pace gets frenetic and the burdens of this life seem overwhelming, I know the answer is not to slow down, but to stop completely, to be still and to reconnect with the presence of God. He is my rest and my refreshment. He is my peace and my joy and He wants nothing more from me than to make time to be with Him.

It will all get done. It always does. He sees to that. So I ask you, friend, will you enjoy the presence of the Holy One this season? Will you make this holiday a little more peaceful and a little less stressful on yourself? It can be done, truly. It is simply a choice. And it starts with remembering that you are surrounded by Love.

Until next time, keep looking up!

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