Good morning:

Even on a typical day, life can be filled with all kinds of details and obligations: Dropping off children at school and making sure to get to work on time, doing laundry and making meals, setting up medical and dental appointments. But at this time of year the details can multiply. Do you find yourself making lists of lists? Does it seem as though you are trying to go two directions at once and getting nowhere? Our attention can become so fragmented that it’s hard to focus on anything.

So do what Jesus told Martha when she was overwhelmed by all she had to do. “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her” (Lk. 10:41-42). That “good portion” is listening to the Lord.

It doesn’t mean getting rid of everything else, but rather putting things in the proper perspective. No matter how busy the day, take time to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to his Word. Take your stress to him in prayer. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Look forward to coming to the Lord’s house and hearing about the Child born to take all of our burdens upon himself and to give us eternal life. There is no better way to declutter and recharge. “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matt. 6:33). You won’t be disappointed!

In Christ,


Our service tomorrow begins at 9 a.m. The children will rehearse for Christmas Eve following the service. The adult Bible class will meet in the activity room. We will finish our discussion of questions about heaven, and continue with a study of Bible passages especially fitting for Christmas cards.

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