Friday, December 2, 2011

Look for Him

It doesn't take much to feel stressed and frustrated during the holidays. I find myself making all kinds of lists — Christmas gift shopping lists, grocery lists, menus, appointments, and that doesn't include the list of daily chores unrelated to the holidays, like laundry, cleaning, and cooking.

And those are just the inside things ... there's also leaves to rake and pick up, patio to sweep, pine straw to "fluff," and Christmas decorations to put up.

I know it's only the 2nd day of December, but thinking about everything that has to be done between now and Christmas Eve can sometimes be a little overwhelming, both physically and mentally.

I took time out from my list making to write this post and came across a poem I featured on my blog this time last year. It helped put things into perspective for me.

If you've been feeling overwhelmed or stressed, perhaps the poem will inspire you, too.

If You Look for Me at Christmas —

You won't need a special star.

I'm no longer just in Bethlehem,
I'm right there where you are.

You may not be aware of Me
Amid the celebrations —

You'll have to look beyond the stores,
And all the decorations.

But if you take a moment,
From your list of things to do ...

And listen to your heart, you'll find ...
I'm waiting there for you.

You're the one I want to be with,
You're the reason that I came,

And you'll find Me in the stillness,
As I'm whispering your name.


[Author unknown]
Photos borrowed from the Internet


C. M. Designs said...

Good morning Janie, Thanks for posting this poem.. With all of the *hustle-bustle* of season we all really need to remember the "Reason for the Season".
There sure are a lot of things here at my home that need *fluffing* including myself. ;O) I just figure it will all get done in due time.. Blessings, Charlotte in Va.

racheld said...

A sweet reminder of this special, special time. I was just thinking of a song we sang about twenty-something years ago:

Wise Men still seek Him today . . .

all my very best wishes for you and all your Lovies. May you follow a star, even in the dusting, the cooking, the piles of leaves.


Jenni said...

What a lovely poem. Thanks for sharing it!

Dorothy said...

I really like this poem! We do need to slow down and let the real meaning of Christmas sink into our bones!

Sue said...

Beautiful Janie, thank you for the gentle reminder.

Carolyn said...

Thanks for the reminder. I am already feeling overwhelmed with the lists of things to do.

I surely don't want to miss the reason we celebrate!
Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Tonja said...

Oh, I needed to read that! It does make me so ashamed of myself to think how much time I put into 'this or that' and not into the real reason we celebrate Christmas. But, there are always lists to write and do.

Thanks for this sweet reminder.