Christmas Exhaustion

Well, it finally happened.  After putting in a full day at the Church to prepare for Christmas Eve, I came home and took a 2-hour nap.  Then returned to the church at 9 pm only to leave by 1:30 AM.  Opened presents (Hey it was Christmas Day!) and back to bed by 3 am.  Up by 7 am and back to church by 9 am.  Service was from 11 am to 12 noon which concluded with a snowball fight.  (That was fun!)  Went out for lunch and returned home by 3 pm (ish).  Sat down on the couch, yawned once and declared, "I'm going to take a nap." Woke up at 7:30 pm.  Some nap! I was exhausted.

But then, I knew this was going to happen.  It happens every year about this time.  You know it too.  You "Christmas" till you drop.  Sometimes, like me, you do it physically.  Sometimes it's your attitude.  Sometimes it's your patience.  You just run out of something and then - BAM!

You've seen this happen at the mall or department store.  Some parent runs out of patience, and their inner Grinch comes out to inform their child that the holidays are nothing more than a grand conspiracy by children to steal all their money and enslave them in credit card debt.  (Yes, I heard that one.)  Some people, like me, just push themselves too far until the only thing they are running on is adrenaline.  (In my defense, I am fighting off a nasal infection and the antibiotics just wiped me out.) But most of the time I hear, "I'm sick of Christmas."  "Will this ever end?"  "I'm not going to do this to myself next year." Yes, you are.

Genesis 2:2-32 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

God rested.  Not because He had too.  He rested to set an example for you.  Working seven days a week isn't good.  If you have tomorrow off, and many people do, may I suggest that you do - nothing.  (Or as little as possible.)  Get some rest.

There is another, very spiritual, reason why God rested.  He wants us to trust Him.  If He is the God of the other six days - then trust Him to provide your needs on the 7th too.  Let God be God in of your life, don't let the holidays suck it all out of you.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to take the day off.  I need the rest.  Please take care of everything today. AMEN.

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