“For we walk by faith, not by sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7

Are you ready? Have you made your list and checked it twice? Are the presents bought and wrapped or are you a last minute shopper? Will you be traveling? Will the weather cooperate? Is the house cleaned and ready for company? Are you ready for gatherings with friends and family … weather enjoyable or stressful? Can you see the end of a busy and stressful time?

Advent and Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the anticipation of the birth of Christ, memories created with family and friends and of course, a beautiful snow storm. What is not always enjoyable is the stress of the hustle and bustle of trying to get everything done.

I was talking with a friend of mine and she used the word trust. What a powerful word. I love those “ah ha moments” when God sends a friend, or an angel if you will, to gently remind us that we are where we need to be. God wants us to be who we are, where we are and that he is there with trust and faith.

The story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus can be a good reminder about having trust and faith. Mary and Joseph were led on a journey that they did not plan. A journey that they did not necessarily “see” what was ahead. They had to go with the flow and trust in God that everything would be okay. God was with them every step of the way and sent them angels, wisemen and others to assist in the journey.

While we continue preparing for all that is to happen in the next few days prior to Christmas and we don’t see an end in sight or we have other journeys and stresses in our lives, take a moment to remember that with trust and faith, all things can happen. We are where we need to be and everything will work out. Take one step at a time and know that God is with us, we are not alone on our journey thru life.

Dear Lord, we thank you for the gift of Mary and Joseph and the wonderful example of trust and faith. We thank you for the gift of your son Jesus and when we get busy during this holiday season, please help us to remember the Christ in Christmas. Thank you for the gifts of “angels” in our lives and for your presence even when we can’t see the path. Amen.

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