Crazy how time flies and we are embarking on the most wonderful time of year, Christ’s birth, Christmas. A joyous season…yet, let us not forget how difficult this season can be for many.
I just retired from 35 years in my Nursing career, and everyone wondered “what will you do?” Someone else said, “are you enjoying sleeping in?” To be honest, I have not stopped, I have made time to visit relatives, helped my siblings move our parents to a retirement home, cooked meals without rushing, read a book, joined exercise classes, and most of all made more time for God. I give praise to God for my amazing journey in nursing: all the patients I cared for, all the sickness I witnessed, all the family events I missed due to shift work, all my coworkers – it has all been okay; and as I start this next chapter – in God I will trust.
The message I am excited to share is from Max Lucado’s book “Anxious for Nothing”.
One chapter talks of a farmer fretting about his fruitless grapevines. Lucado mentions how we long to be like Paul – worry free, at peace. “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8) Lucado goes on to say, God is like a vine keeper. He lives and loves to coax the best out of his vines. He pampers, prunes, blesses, and cuts. His aim is to prompt produce.
This holiday season, take time to stretch your branches, cling to Christ – the trunk. Bear fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. (Gal.5:22) Abide in Him.
May there be Peace on earth and to everyone Merry Christmas.