From the desk of Pastor Claude Taylor.

With the latest round of pandemic restrictions, it’s beginning to look like this holiday season could be very different than what we usually look forward to, and while this may be a disappointment in some ways, allow me to make a couple of suggestions:

In this post, let’s start by Embracing the simplicity.

For many of us, the holidays can be a hectic time of running errands, doing chores, checking off our lists, and getting ready for crowds of guests. While we may love the excitement of the holidays, the current restrictions might mean smaller, more simplified get-togethers this year. Maybe that’s okay.  Slow down. Spend time together as a family. Laugh, play a board game, enjoy being together. Read Scripture. Pray with and for one another. Maybe even sing hymns together. Sure, you’ll miss seeing relatives, or doing some of the things that usually make the holidays special, but maybe this year can be special in other ways.  “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” (Eccl. 3:1).  Don’t fight what you can’t control. Our world is a place of constant unrest, but your holidays don’t have to be. From prison the apostle Paul wrote, “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content….” (Phil. 4:11) Try being content with your present circumstances; embrace the simplicity.

In next week’s post we will look at being creative.

Embrace the simplicity

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Embrace the simplicity

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