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Living for Christ during the holidays

A devotion on seeking true joy this season

As we seek intimacy with God during these hurried days, do not lose sight of the magic and wonder of the season. With Thanksgiving nearly upon us, Christmas coming soon and the fresh start of a new year, we are often asked, “Are you ready for the holidays?”
 
What does this really mean? I think it may mean something different each of us, but the important part is staying connected to God during the busyness of the season. For some, the holidays may feel sad or heavy as we grieve the loss of someone we miss. Or at times, the holiday season can be so congested with activities we forget why we do it all. 
 
During the quiet moments throughout your day, or in the evenings, take time to write down your thoughts, reflections, challenges or even thank you notes. 

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.” – 1 Peter 3:15a
 
Not only does this provide much needed respite, but it also reminds of us who we truly are called to seek during this season. Some wonderful things to do during this time of intentional rest are listening to Christmas music, baking cookies, lighting your favorite scented candle or even just singing a favorite worship or Christmas song. 
 
The true Christmas spirit, the Holy Spirit, will fill our lives with the joy of Thanksgiving, Christmas and the way through the new year.
 
Heavenly Father, we come to you today asking for help to seek joy in this season. May we find comfort in celebrating with you and with our loved ones. Help us to share your love, grace and mercy with others. In your name we pray, amen.
 
Written by Jennifer McCollum, director of counseling for foster care and adoption counseling services for Buckner Children and Family Services.

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