The Silence and Simplicity of the Season

candles“Be still and know that I am God”~Psalm 46:10

It is easy to get overwhelmed and stressed at this time of year. Expectations are high to create the “perfect” Christmas. Gifts need to be purchased and made, cookies need to be baked, and our homes need to be decorated. It is hard to slow down and take in the peace, joy, and blessings of the Advent season amid the chaos of our planning and preparation for Christmas. Often this chaos depletes us and leaves little time in our hearts to anticipate Jesus’ miraculous birth.

For many of us, the holiday season is a whirlwind of activity. During this time, it is critical that we intentionally search for pockets of rest and quiet to soothe our hearts and minds. Jesus urged His disciples to find quiet to rest and restore their weary spirits. We must also take time to slow down and reconnect with our Savior in a quiet place, if only for a brief time each day.

Quiet can be difficult. What do we do with the silence when we are so used to the noise? What will we accomplish if we aren’t busy moving and doing? How do we shut out the disruptions and stresses of our daily lives? There is much to accomplish in our quiet moments, too. It soothes our soul and allows us time to reflect on what the season of Advent means to each one of us. Quiet permits us to be present in the moment and appreciate all the abundant gifts from God.

On that first silent night so long ago in Bethlehem, a tiny baby was born in a simple stable on a calm and starry night. This single amazing event changed everything for us! When we make time to enjoy the silence and simplicity of the season, we are truly able to anticipate what’s to come, and we are better equipped to make room for Jesus during this busy and festive season.

Heidi LaBounty
Seeds of Faith Preschool Director