It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Chapter 12, Page 11, Book 11

When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.

Matthew 2:10

This Sunday I'm lighting 3 candles in my Advent Wreath.  The 3rd candle is pink not purple as are the others.  It is the candle of JOY.  My little crew of wise men from my nativity set have been on a journey here at my house and are moving closer and closer to where Mary and Joseph are waiting.

The magi sought after a King.  They were confident that the star they followed would lead them to someone of majesty.  When they came to Jerusalem and didn't find the One they came to see, they didn't give up, they kept on.  When we see Jesus, we will always find hem.  It's important to be like those magi.  We have to remember not to give up when we don't find Him in the usual places and never forget to keep our eyes open for Him.  He may not look like we expect..

This Christmas season some of us may be like the cartoon character CATHY who expressed the anxiety many of us feel.
She says to her boss: My left brain is making lists of people I haven't sent cards to yet. My right brain is at the craft store, thinking up creative gifts I could make before Christmas...
My nerves are at the mall, worrying whether I should have gotten the other necktie for my Dad. My stomach is still at last night's party begging for more Christmas cookies.
My heart is stuck in traffic somewhere between my mother's house, my boyfriend's house and the adorable man I saw at the post office.
Her boss asks: What is it you want, Cathy?
Cathy replies: May what's left of me sneak home early and take a nap?

Some of us may be feeling about that frazzled. Isn't it wonderful to take a few moments to collect ourselves in God's peace to center in on the majesty of the Christmas message?

I hope that this Sunday you all will join me in doing just that.  Try to relax and think about what Christmas really means.

'On Ya'-ma


Hollie said...

I love this entry!!! At times I do feel like Cathy! It's a little overwhelming at times! Then I take a deep breath & move on! Have a wonderful Sunday!

BlueRidge Boomer said...

All the commercialism of Christmas is what gets to can't seem to escape's everywhere...starting in September..!! Thanks for this post..

betty said...

I liked that Cathy cartoon; too funny! I do feel that way sometimes but I do like how she summed it up to go home and take a nap, and that is what we should do on this wonderful day of rest that God has given us! Rest and relax and spend time with him. May you have a restful day Ma!


Buttercup said...

I've felt like Cathy many years, but this one seems much calmer. Will be doing some major organizing and wrapping today. Hope your day is wonderful!

jack69 said...

ahhhhh you scared me, I thought that you were Cathy (but I knew better, LOL)

I think it is neat how you have the wise Men on the journey!!!
Love from down here.
Sherry & Jack

Anonymous said...

I try very hard not to allow myself to get to worked up over the holidays. It does me no good then I look back & think, 'where was the meaning in it all?'. A few years ago I just made the decision to not forget the meaning of each true holiday. Lovely post. Hugs. tammy


Love the fact that your little crew of wise men from your nativity set are on the move to the glorious moment. Cathy cracks me up. She always touched a nerve in my life. And this particular story does. Hope you had a wonderful day of R&R.