The Space to Enjoy Christmas a Little While Longer

For He Himself is our peace. – Ephesians 2:14

Oh, my goodness. Overnight, the calendar turned to December 26th and with it, Christmas carols are off the radio and everything is about bargain shopping, goal setting, and resolutions. 

Let me remind you – the season of Christmas only began yesterday and goes until Epiphany – January 6th! It’s not over! Take your time – let nothing rush you through the true meaning of the season – it all can wait. 

It’s wise to unwind before moving on to the next thing. Enjoy the season. 

I held a Christmas party a few weeks ago and gave ornaments with various words on them to my friends at the end. The words were peace, faith, noel, and joy. 

When choosing which one to take home, they repeatedly looked for the peace ornament among the others. 

In fact, at the end of the party, the faith, noel, and joy ornaments remained, but every one of the peace ornaments was gone. 

Oh, friends, we want peace. We can search for it among the other things striving for our attention, but peace cannot be ours unless we choose it. 

There’s a truthful saying:

Peace comes not from the absence of trouble, but from the presence of Christ. 

We rush from one thing to the next to avoid feeling the anxiety that comes from our complicated lives. But avoiding our troubles also means avoiding the peace of Christ because He is present in the middle of it all.

In other words: To run away from trouble is to run away from Jesus.

Maybe your Christmas was a mixed bag of joy and sadness, of counting blessings and counting losses – of joyful tears and a few sad ones too. 

Maybe you are apprehensive as the new year approaches and what it may bring to your complicated life. 

In this time of in-between, God has given us space to sit with the Christmas story a bit longer. It’s not over. Let’s lean into His presence and choose to experience His peace.  

There is plenty of time to dream and plan for the new year, but in this last week of 2021, we can rest, reflect, and ‘be’ with the One who came to earth to join us in our humanness. 

Jesus came to remind us that in the middle of all we are carrying now and in the future, He is our peace

Merry Christmas and so much love to all!

16 Comments

  1. Maggie Rowe on December 26, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    Thank you for this, Laura. Our home in the Smokies is named Peace Ridge, and the name was chosen very intentionally that it might be a place of refuge for friends and strangers alike.
    Wishing you the shalom of God this season,
    Maggie

    • Laura Acuna on December 26, 2021 at 9:59 pm

      Maggie, Wishing you the shalom of God in this season also. What a gift to offer your beautiful home to be a place of peace and calm to others. I can only imagine what a blessing it is! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  2. cyndi on December 26, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    lots to ponder in that post. This especially, “We rush from one thing to the next to avoid feeling the anxiety that comes from our complicated lives.”
    Thanks, Laura! I love how your guests “chose peace” even if only in ornament form 🙂

  3. Laura Acuna on December 26, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    Thanks so much, Cyndi. I am guilty of it myself even though I know better. Trying to catch myself sooner! Merry Christmas!

  4. Lisa Renn on December 26, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    Thanks Laura. God has blessed you with the ability to offer just the right words at just the right time. And He has blessed me through you!
    That very true statement that peace comes from the Presence of Christ reminded me of one of my favorite songs.
    There was Jesus
    https://youtu.be/37wV6D49iEY

    • Laura Acuna on December 26, 2021 at 9:55 pm

      Beautiful song, Lisa! Thank you for sharing it with me. Merry Christmas! xo

  5. Pat Sanders on December 26, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Thank you, Laura, for these thoughts. My mantra for the new year is Peace and finding it through the word and the presence of our heavenly Father

    • Linda Franklin on December 27, 2021 at 8:23 am

      Laura, Peace has been my petition to our Lord for this past year. I appreciate your reflection that Peace cannot be ours unless we choose it! The Peace that surpasses all understanding is always available, we just have to make the choice to accept! I accept! Amen Sister!

      • Laura Acuna on December 27, 2021 at 10:27 am

        Linda: Me too! If His peace is available to me – and it is – I want it all. xoxo

    • Laura Acuna on December 27, 2021 at 10:39 am

      Thank you, Pat. Praying for peace as you spend time with your family. xoxo

  6. Paulette on December 27, 2021 at 9:46 am

    Beautiful reminder Laura to mindfully live in the present, lean into our Lord and and never give up the hope we have in Christ our Savior!

    • Laura Acuna on December 27, 2021 at 10:24 am

      Thank you Paulette. Hope is another great word for this time and season! xo

  7. Karen Wagner on December 27, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    This was very helpful, Laura. I have always enjoyed Christmas and the songs and the tree AFTER the 25th. But these past few years, once the day is over, I’m thinking of all the things I need to do, and I start feeling anxious. Need to let that go and enjoy the season. Thanks for sharing.

    • Laura Acuna on December 27, 2021 at 12:46 pm

      Thanks, Karen. The time after the 25th is perfect, since there’s always so much to do beforehand. It’s a blessing to have this time to reflect and listen to what God might be saying to us before the new year begins. ♥️

  8. Nancy on December 27, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    Thank you, Laura. I just took a deep breath and let it go. Our plans for this Christmas went awry, but God was not surprised. I’m sitting here picturing my Lord right next to me locking eyes with mine and He is speaking peace, be still, I am here, so it is well.

    • Laura Acuna on December 27, 2021 at 2:41 pm

      So many Christmases went awry this year. I am so sorry to hear yours was one of them. Praying for you Nancy. I am grateful you’re choosing peace in the middle of it all. xo

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