Christmas survival kit

What’s in Your Christmas Survival Kit?

“Be still, and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10

“Wait,” the hostess says…

“I have something for you…”

We’re leaving our first Christmas party of the year…

“It’s your Christmas survival kit!”

Christmas survival kit

I need that survival kit a few days later…

Sitting in a conference room trying to plan one more Christmas party…

“What day works best?” someone asks.

Almost in unison, we pull out our smartphones and open our calendars…

“My kids have Christmas concerts on Friday and Monday.”

“My office party is Tuesday.”

“My family gets here on Sunday.”

You can feel the tension rise as each person looks at their schedule.

Everyone is busy.

Very busy.

We all need a Christmas survival kit…

A survival kit more potent than a bag of candy…

Perhaps we should turn to the words of Jesus…

 Jesus, who said…

 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Matthew 11:28

Or maybe we should look to the actions of Jesus…

Everyone made demands on Him…

Everyone wanted to “get on His calendar”.

But Jesus knew the truth about busy calendars…

Jesus knew a full soul is more important than a full calendar…

And so…

…Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. Luke 5:16

And early in the morning, while it was still dark, He arose and went out and departed to a lonely place, and was praying there.  Mark 1:35

 Today He knows the same is true for us…

So He invites us to follow Him…

Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place…”  Mark 6: 31

He invites us to withdraw with Him to that quiet place…

Where the noise of the world fades away …

Where our souls align with God…

Where we can hear Him say…

“Be still, and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10

And that is a survival kit not just for Christmas…

But for every day of our lives on this earth…

An earlier version of this post appeared in December, 2014

6 thoughts on “What’s in Your Christmas Survival Kit?

  1. Ecclesiastes 1:
    1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
    2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
    3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?
    4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
    5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.
    6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.
    7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
    8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
    9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
    10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
    11 There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.
    12 I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
    13 And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.
    14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
    15 That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.
    16 I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.
    17 And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.
    18 For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

    Blessing!
    Amen.

  2. 1 Peter 4:3
    For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles,
    when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
    Blessing!
    Amen.

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