Pick any day of the year and countless themes might threaten to consume us. The holiday season seems to up that pressure tenfold. Not only are we consumed, we also carry the title: consumers. As we hit the shopping malls and big box stores we consume so much which leads to being consumed.
We become consumed by planning the picture-perfect-pinterest-party for family, making sure all the food is just right, the decorations are “beautiful, the gifts are spot-on.
We become consumed by fliers, social media adds, apps dinging on our phone reminding us the latest sale, the newest gadget we all need.
We become consumed by to-do lists, by running kids here, there, and everywhere, by all the ways we don’t measure up.
We become consumed by the feeling that this is not what we really want Christmas to be about.
“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassion never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”(Lamentations 3:21-26 NIV; emphasis added)
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)