Hearing this song on my way home from work it dawned on me…the size of our Christmas, whether it be a merry Little Christmas or an over-the-top Christmas that wears us out and weighs us down, is determined by our decisions, or maybe mostly our ability/inability to say No. Taking care of ourselves is our own responsibility.
The lines below also caught my attention, because the Holiday hustle and bustle don’t really lend to letting our hearts be light or taking troubles out of sight.
“Let your heart be light
From now on,
our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry
Make the Yule-tide gay,
From now on,
will be miles away”
So, for those who would ask: How can our hearts be light and our troubles be out of sight?
The answer is and will always be: Jesus. Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
I rented a DVD once called Contemplative or Meditative Prayer, can’t remember now, but the point of the exercise was to take a small section of scripture and be quiet with it – allowing Holy Spirit to reveal it to us.
So, say we take the verse above, Matthew 11:28–30. Set aside time to be still. No interruptions. Unplug the phone if need be. Find a place to be still with the Lord. (I always have a pen and paper handy) Pray for the Lord to speak to you through this verse, to open it up to you. Then…Read the verse out loud, slowly, hearing and saying each word. Each word has a purpose. Read it like that several times, listen to yourself say them and how they sound. Listen to Holy Spirit inside you, as we truly seek to understand the Word of God, He will reveal it to you.
Anyone want to share what they get? 🙂 I’d love to hear.