It’s the Monday following Thanksgiving as I rushed to gather my things for the last Women’s Propel meeting for this semester. As I drove, the Christmas music playing on the radio was pleasant to my ear. But one glance to my passenger’s seat at the pile of Black-Friday sale ads brought on thoughts of missed sales opportunities. Cyber Monday deals foregone, and the overwhelming thought that I hadn’t bought even one Christmas gift yet! You see…my husband and I have three daughters. The youngest of which is completing her first semester at Texas A&M in College Station (Whoop!). Therefore, as “empty nesters,” we decided to remodel our kitchen (and most of our living area, as well). After all…we needed something to keep our minds off the fact that we no longer had children at home! Right?
When I arrived at the church, the Team leaders were already busy preparing the room for the meeting--registration tables, door prizes, refreshments, sound checks, worship rehearsal, etc. Shortly before the women began to arrive, Pastor Kim asked all of us to join in a circle to pray for the evening and those that would be attending. And although this was a typical practice at each Propel event, something was different this particular evening. That ‘rushed, anxious feeling’ that I was feeling (almost like a heavy yoke) seemed to be resting on many of the women leaders standing in the circle. Pastor Kim asked if any of us had specific areas of focus for our prayer that evening. It was then that the Lord put this word on my heart that I am honored to share with you. My hope is that as you read these words, that I believe whole-heartedly are from Him, you will be blessed this Christmas season.
Christmas is the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ! For Christians, this is one of the most significant events in history, along with Easter, as it represents the beginning of God’s redemptive story for each of us. If Jesus had not been sent to this earth by God to be born of the Virgin Mary and had not gone to the cross on our behalf, we, as Christians, could not stand before our Maker one day, redeemed from sin and all unrighteousness!
What a beautiful story! And yet the telling of the story through a child’s eyes these days might tell a whole different story...
‘‘A time of year when my parents decorate the house with things I can’t touch or break..."
"When mom and grandma bake things I can’t eat until Christmas..."
"When I’m banned from most, if not all, closets in the house (for some reason)..."
"When I am forced to put on itchy clothes and sit still and smile for an hour (mom said something about a Christmas card)…”
You get the picture. The joy of the Season can easily be drained by our ‘To Do Lists’.
I was reminded of the story in the second chapter of Luke, describing Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem just before the birth of Jesus. As you will recall, they went from place to place and found “no room in the inn.” The rooms were all taken. I can only ask myself, "Have I allowed the activities of the Season to crowd Jesus out? Have I saved any room in my house (mentally, physically, and spiritually) for celebrating His birth?"
I believe the Prince of Peace, our Lord Jesus Christ, not only deserves our attention now, but desires to restore peace to each of us! And while it might mean foregoing the traditional Christmas card mail out or not decorating that tenth tree, more of our resources can be given to Him this season! Free yourself from that heavy yoke, and let the peace of God which passes all understanding rest and abide in your hearts!
Sherrie has been a member of TFC for 24 years. She and her husband, Steve (an elder at TFC), have three daughters ranging in age from 18 through 26 years. Their oldest daughter, Jessica, graduated from Texas A&M in 2008, with an International Studies degree. She was recently married to Chad Harrison and works at Gateway Church in Southlake, TX, in the Global Missions Department. Their younger daughters, Jennifer and Jordan, are attending college, both studying Accounting at Colorado Christian University and Texas A&M, respectively. Jennifer will graduate in May. Sherrie manages rental properties in Amarillo that she and her husband own; she has managed properties for 20 years.
"Being a part of Women's ministry over the years has truly been a blessing to me. I love to serve and encourage women as we each strive to be who God calls us to be in every area of our lives."