Here we are in the countdown to Christmas and, even before that, the countdown to the day the kids break up from school. Just two work days left before they will be on holiday, full of excitement and energy as they look forward to Christmas day. Is it just me or does it seem like schools are breaking up early this year?!
Perhaps it is the fact that we’ve just had our son’s birthday, and our first carol service. Perhaps it is the list of work I need to get done before Christmas (preferably in the quiet, before the kids break up from school). Perhaps too, it is the fact that, as a freelance writer, articles and reflections for Christmas were written months ago and I’m now concentrating my efforts on writing Bible study notes for Easter.
… all these things are crowding into my mind – and crowding out the opportunities for reflection on this amazing time of year. I really do wonder how much I am embracing our current season. I am mindful of the busyness, stress, tiredness and I am generally feeling run down. I NEED a break – but my spirit also needs to slow down and reflect.
As writers we can often be on to the next job, focusing so much on our ‘to do’ lists that the world can almost pass us by. It can be such a solitary process and yet it is vital that it is punctuated by input from others, breaks away from our WIP and opportunities for activities that energise us.
I am aware of the wonder that the waiting of Advent contains; of the way that God can surprise us by unlocking something new in this oh so familiar part of our Big Story with Him. But it is so easy to miss those and to keep our heads down, slogging away.
So I’m asking myself – and you – this one question today: how are you keeping the main thing the main thing this Christmastime?
Claire is a freelance writer and editor, mum to two gorgeous young children, pastor’s wife, worship leader and school governor. Claire’s desire is to help others draw closer to God through her writing, which focuses on marriage, parenting, worship, discipleship, issues facing women today etc. Her books include Taking your Spiritual Pulse, CWR’s Insight Guide: Managing Conflict and Cover to Cover study guide on David and BRF Foundations21 study guides on Prayer and Jesus. She also writes a regular column for Christian Today as well as Bible study notes. She is currently standing is as editor for Families First magazine too. To find out more about her, please visit www.clairemusters.com and @CMusters on Twitter.