Today’s Readings for the Daily Office
Psalm 97, 98 (Morning)
Psalm 145 (Evening)
1 John 5:1-12
Who or What Do You Worship at Christmas?
Today’s readings focus on giving God and His Son the praise they deserve. It is Jesus’s birthday month after all. Christmas is all about the trinity and the love God chose for us in bringing us a redeemer to save us all from sin.
My personal thoughts today are a bit convicting. What do I spend the majority of my time on during Advent? If I calculate the hours and percentages of time spent on “getting ready” for Christmas, what does that look like? Where does my time go? Are they all in the name of Jesus? Some of them are. Some are not.
• Selecting gifts for others
• Meal prepping
• Cookie making / decorating
• Christmas pageant
• Choir practices
• Work and trying to meet deadlines for others
• School parties
• Scheduling family visits
• Coordinating parties with friends
• Hiring babysitters for all of the parties
• Arranging for childcare during winter break
As I look through the list, I don’t think Jesus or God is disappointed. Most of those things are sharing love with others. They are time that I’m giving of myself to others and if I think about it, it’s in Jesus’s name that I am doing those things. I love God. I want to give him my time, my praise, my thanks for Him giving me a Savior. I can breathe a sigh of relief now. The Holy Spirit is breathing into all of these activities. He strengthens me when I am tired. He gives me the willpower to meet my deadlines. He gives me extra love for my family when I am feeling over stimulated.
Thank you, God. You are worthy of my praise. Please help us all this holiday season to do all that we do in your name and in honor of your son Jesus Christ. Amen.
Written by Aubrey Mitchell Pate
Aubrey was baptized, confirmed and married at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Hot Springs, AR. She and her husband have been attending St. Paul’s for 19 years. She is currently a member of the Vestry and a Sunday school teacher.