THIS SERIES:DREAMING OF THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS?
It’s so easy to get so focused on ticking things off our to-do-list that we don’t actually take time to enjoy any of it. What if we set ourselves to look for and celebrate moments of joy: a beautiful shop window display perhaps, or the town’s Christmas lights, a favourite carol or the taste of a first mince pie; or maybe a crisp frosty morning, a card from an old friend or the anticipation of a family gathering…..
And we don’t have to own everything that attracts our attention to do this; we can enjoy the amazing variety of things for sale, without feeling the need to buy them, admire the neighbours’ light display without the notion we have to compete, and delight in inspiring magazine projects without the urge to make everything in sight. In a sense it all belongs to us – little gifts of grace to enhance our lives.
And let’s cultivate a bit of child-likeness, and look at things with eyes of wonder and delight. After all, that’s the heart-attitude which attracts the Kingdom of God [Mark 10:14].
[1 Timothy 6:17].
Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,
who does not change like shifting shadows
continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in Him,
strengthened in the faith as you were taught,
and overflowing with thankfulness
There are plenty of alternatives out there to delight your heart; our lives are filled with grace-gifts - if we only take time to notice. Let’s make the next four weeks resound with the sound of our thanksgiving; after all God is good to us – all the time.
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