Is Christmas Peace A Myth?Written by Carol Rice
Of all the things on my Christmas wish list, Peace, is what I want the most... and I think I've finally found it!
Of all the things on my Christmas wish list, Peace, is what I want the most.
Don't we all? Does peace, especially during such a busy season, seem elusive to you? An unrealistic fantasy? A myth?
This year, I may have finally figured it out. Of all the Christmas seasons I can remember, this one has been crazier, and more committed than ever before. And yet, I don't recall ever feeling so peaceful during the holidays. There were years that I thought if I started early, and got the best deals I would have peace. Tried the Black Friday thing as a result – nope, not much peace there. There were years I thought commercialism was the problem and if we made everything or bought local I'd find that old-fashioned feeling of lingering through the holidays dripping with purposeful sentiment. So maybe those of you who have tried that, found what I did – a longer to-do list fumbling through a busy world without my modern conveniences. So then, it must be focusing more on activities together, quality time spent that would infuse our home and family with PEACE. Oddly, those years added pressure and stress with more things to make, and places to be. That wasn't the answer.
I stopped trying so hard – and amazingly enough, this year, I found it.
Thanks to my 15-year old son, I've had the opportunity to join him in a production that tells the story of Jesus Christ, from birth to resurrection. Since Labor Day we've spent an average of 20-30 hours a week on rehearsals and performances, alone. I should be going crazy, right?! Oddly, I'm not. And I know the secret – peace through the holidays doesn't have to be elusive, it isn't an unrealistic fantasy, it isn't a myth. But how often do we truly know the answer to something and not act on it. I should have known better, I should have discovered this sooner.
I've spent a majority of my waking hours immersed in the stories of my Savior.
And the happy news – you don't have to be in a play to be immersed in those stories.
Start now, with this beautiful video.
I grew up in a home rich with family heritage. My mom loved genealogy and knew how to breathe life into dusty documents and color to faded black and white photos - my mom told me stories.
As a grown woman with five children of my own, I've tried to do the same. For years I did it through scrapbooking. But it didn't take long to realize that it wasn't my artistic skills my children really cared about. They never stopped on a page and said, "Mom, you matched that paper to my shirt - perfectly!" Nope. What they did say as they leaned across my lap, pointing at photos is, "Tell me the story!" "Tell me mom about the day I was born... Tell me mom about the day I cried when everyone sang me happy birthday... Tell me mom about my grandma and her garden..."
Don't worry if you haven't done it forever, just start today. The consistency and cumulative effect of one good question - just sharing one story a day, adds up.
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