Friday, November 21, 2008

Pre-Christmas Without Anxiety - Lawrence

Here in Central Ontario we have had snow several times already this fall and, by the magic of television, we’ve watched the Santa Claus Parade from Toronto—both these events prepare our minds for Christmas.
Since Hallowe’en, we have been encouraged to buy our cards and presents and are daily admonished to mail them out by the due date in order for them to reach their destination on time.
I have heard rumours that the postal workers may go on strike at this crucial time of the year, and that retailers are worried that people will cut back on their spending because of the current economic climate, thus making the shopkeepers’ profits less than desirable.
People are getting anxious over a festival that commemorates the coming into the world of Jesus Christ, the one who came and continues to come to give us peace and take our fears away.
While we take part in the social events that surround our celebrations of Christmas, let us keep the Christ Child firmly in our hearts, knowing that he is the only gift we need and the best gift we can possibly give to others.
When we have Jesus in our hearts we have nothing to fear. Jesus is love and, there is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. 1 John 4: 18 NRSV
© Judith Lawrence
Author of Glorious Autumn Days: Meditations for the Wisdom Years; and Grapes From The Vine, Book of Mystical Poetry. Both available at
Author of Prayer Companion: A Treasury of Personal Meditation, available at Chapters and
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1 comment:

raeoflight said...

Thank you, Judith, for a timely word well spoken. Just yesterday I'd woken up in anxiety about Christmas and whether I'd have the resources to manage it all. Thanks for pointing to the source

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