Today my mind is full of all things holiday. I bought a few last minutes items for the next couple of days when my house will be full to overflowing with my people. This year a few of my family will be in town so I’m looking forward to hosting them along with friends who have become family.
As I hustle about, I think about you – my readers. And as you come to mind, I pray for you. I don’t know you by name, but I pray that this holiday will be a blessing to you. In Colossians, Paul prayed for people he had never met so I join with him and pray this for you:
I ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.Colossians 1:9-10
I think about those who, like me, will host family and friends. I pray that you will have joy in the preparation and peace when your house pulsates with activity, conversation, laughter, football, parades and whatever your day brings to you.
I think about those, who like me, find the holidays to be lonely. I pray that your day will be filled with the grace of Jesus, that his presence changes the way you see the day. I pray that you will know how to experience the days ahead, not by banishing the loneliness but by allowing yourself to feel it, grieve the source and look ahead to brighter days. (Can I recommend that you do something today that is different than what might be “expected?” What about checking out the new box office hits. It seems like I saw trailers for some really inspiring stories opening this week.)
I think about those who are experiencing the first holiday without a loved one. I remember the difficulty of the first Thanksgiving after my dad passed away. I traveled to be with my sister and mom in Pennsylvania and I was really glad that was possible. I pray that you might, together, be able to comfort one another with the same comfort you have received from our Father in heaven. Reminisce the good times, grieve the loss and stand together like only family can do.
I think about those who are alienated from family and for those who will be gathering with family with whom they are alienated. How does that happen? I pray for a peaceful resolution to the conflict and open, grace-filled conversation that brings healing to you and yours.
I am looking forward to the noisiness of family around the table, games played, food enjoyed, puzzles worked on and the crisp air that lingers at this time of year. My heart overflows with gratitude for all the blessings of life and the privilege of sharing with you, my reader, in this way.
I am most grateful for the opportunity to write. Thank you for reading my humble attempts at communicating ways to step out of the chaos of life. But also, thanks for stepping out of the chaos for just a few moments to read these words that I pray will be life giving to you.
Happy holidays! May you experience all the best this holiday season. Perhaps you have specific ways that prayer would be meaningful to you. If so, feel free to use the contact tab and let me know!
Until next time…
May the Lord bless you and protect you.
May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.Numbers 6:24-26