"Jesus said to the crowds, 'Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest."
Rest? Seriously? This time of year? Perhaps this is the exact time of year we need Jesus to talk about rest. We get ourselves so spun out of control with the Christmas machine that rest seems impossible. When, actually, the earth itself is telling us to rest. The days are getting shorter, the nights longer. That spells R-E-S-T, to me. Trees are resting, animals are hibernating, time for us to take it easy, too. Since letting go of Facebook and a couple other time-consuming activities this Advent, I find myself getting to bed much earlier. I have been able to spend time just sitting with the tree lights and a candle. This pondering kind of rest is rejuvenating and recharging. Letting go of some of the seasonal "must-dos" has helped too. (People may be pleasantly surprised to get a Christmas card in February, right?) The only "must-do" on my schedule this Advent is to restfully sit with Jesus for a time each day. Everything else can wait. What about you? Can you take some time to rest? Love, heidi