Friday, December 21, 2012

A Silent Night... In December?



I normally have 2, sometimes 3, evenings each week where I have to attend a meeting, practice or event.  However, since December began I have been gone more evenings than I have been home.  Of course, most of the things have been enjoyable.  I have had music practices, parties, concerts, meetings, and even a date with my husband.  However, I am finding these busy nights can quickly wear me out.  I think that’s why I have had the following song stuck in my head all month:

I've made the same mistake before
Too many malls, too many stores
December traffic, Christmas rush
It breaks me till I push and shove

Children are crying
While mothers are trying
To photograph Santa and sleigh

The shopping and buying
And standing forever in line
What can I say?

I need a silent night, a holy night
To hear an angel voice
Through the chaos and the noise
I need a midnight clear,
A little peace right here
To end this crazy day with a silent night

December comes, then disappears
Faster and faster every year
Did my own mother keep this pace
Or was the world a different place?

Where people stayed home
Wishing for snow
Watching three channels on their TV
Look at us now rushing around
Trying to buy Christmas peace

I need a silent night, a holy night
To hear an angel voice
Through the chaos and the noise
I need a midnight clear,
A little peace right here
To end this crazy day with a silent night

What was it like back there in Bethlehem
With peace on earth, good will toward men?

There were shepherds out in the field
Keeping watch over their flock by night
And the glory of the Lord shone around them
And they were sore afraid
And the angels said, “Fear not, for behold
I bring you good news of a great joy
That shall be for all people
For unto you is born this day
A Savior, who is Christ the Lord
And his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor,
Prince of Peace

I need a silent night, a holy night
To hear an angel voice
Through the chaos and the noise
I need a midnight clear,
A little peace right here
To end this crazy day with a silent night
To end this crazy day with a silent night
(I Need A Silent Night by Chris Eaton & Amy Grant)


It’s so easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of December.  To try to add too many things to our already full schedule.  But, if those things, even if they are good things, keep us from spending time with God and listening for Him, then what should we do? 

For myself, I decided that I didn’t need to try to pile on more activities to do with our kids and then just feel guilty when we ran out of time to do them.  In order to do some things, like spend time with family and friends, we have had to forgo other things.  We skipped one party to enjoy a quiet night at home with my parents before they flew home.  We put up the tree one day and then finally decorated it about a week later.  Instead of spending time shopping for gifts we can’t afford, we are spending time together, playing games, watching movies, baking, laughing, hugging and loving each other. 

Our family’s focus is less on gifts and traditions and more on relationships and time.  As it gets closer to Christmas, what will your focus be on?  What should it be on at this time of year? 

I want to be like the shepherds who heard the angels announce Jesus’ birth.  I don’t want to miss the message because I’m too busy.  

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