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

There is something special and intimate in our stillness before our holy God. By His drawing, we are called to pull back from the busyness of life and connect with our Creator. Without that regular communion, our spirit will dry up and we will cease to flourish as God has created and designed us to.

This week marks the beginning of the holiday rush. Thanksgiving already has many of us sweating, simply by thinking of the things we need to get done before family and friends show up at our door. Then there’s black Friday and the start of the gift-giving season when our stress level skyrockets to unprecedented heights, all because we are told by our consumer culture we deserve things that we really don’t need. Mix in the parties, end-of-the-year deadlines, ongoing battles in our nation and world, unpredictable weather, travel…whew! I am tired just thinking about it. And you are too, most likely. The holiday season is great, but it can quickly get out of hand and leave us exhausted.

Jesus lived in such a way that should teach all of us a valuable lesson, especially in the stress-filled days we are entering into. Luke records a short story of how Jesus healed a man with leprosy, and because of this miracle, the news of Jesus was spreading throughout the region like a wildfire. Crowds were gathering and pressing in on him at every turn. Religious leaders were questioning his authority and he was starting to feel the stress. In Luke 5:16, he tells how Jesus handled the stress. Luke tells us that, “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” For our Savior, He needed that connection with His heavenly Father. And it came in times of isolation, loneliness, and prayer. Surely, if Jesus needed that level of connection, we do as well.

My encouragement to all of us this Christmas season is to remember to connect. We need the connection with family and friends. There is nothing wrong with that. But more importantly is the time we should be withdrawing from the busyness of life and connecting with our Savior. Sometimes we simply need to “be still, and know that He is God.”

This Christmas season, let’s not forget He is the reason, and it all starts with Him. Have you been still in your spirit today?

TAGS     Journey in Faith,  Bruce Osborn,  Spiritual Development,  Luke 5:16,  be still,  Psalm 46:10,  busyness,  holiday rush,  holiday stress
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Bruce has served in full-time ministry for over 25 years and has served as chaplain at the YMCA at Pabst Farms since August, 2006. Prior to moving to Wisconsin, he served as Associate Pastor of Missions and Evangelism at Alpha Baptist Church in Morristown, Tennessee as well as Minister of Activities and Recreation. .. Read More »

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