We are just days away from celebrating Christmas followed by the New Year. To say the obvious about how quickly time passes would only be redundant. So let’s talk instead about what we are doing with that precious gift of time. This year my wife and I moved from our family home where we raised our children, shared treasures of memories, and experienced the joy of friendships. It was not an easy move for me as I struggle with transitions of most kind. The professional in me knew it would likely be a challenge, but I underestimated how challenging it would be for me. I spent perhaps too much of my time grieving and bemoaning the change, without being grateful for the new home God had provided to us. The focus of our minds can so greatly affect the condition of our hearts. Transitions of any kind pose a threat to our wellbeing, regardless how necessary, good or planned they might be. We are drawn to the seeming security of the sameness in our lives. My prayer this season is that you and I can find our security in the eternal constancy of our Creator whose love for us is forever before us and we are reminded of that gift of love at this season of expectation, Christmas and newness!
As you think about your own attachments that bring you a sense of security consider this thought from the 4th century Church Father, St. Basil the Great:
“The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry. The cloak in your wardrobe belongs to the naked. The shoes you allow to rot belong to the barefoot. The money in your vaults belongs to the destitute. You do injustice to every man whom you could help but do not.”