Finding Peace During the Holidays

Finding Peace During the Holidays

In the last few years I’ve been really drawn to the words of John. Last year at this time I found myself gravitating to this verse:

 

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27

 

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During the holidays, I feel much joy but also stress and fear. Will everything get done? Will family matters all go smoothly? Will driving conditions be okay? When I get stuck in this type of thinking, I go back to this verse. Do not let your hearts be troubled.

“Peace” is mentioned over 400 times in the Bible. I take comfort in this. That’s because we need it, we crave it, and we very often feel like it alludes us. God wants to comfort us, and this passage from John reminds me again and again how much he doesn’t want me to be stressed out or afraid. Not over something like the holidays (which should be a joyful time) and not over major worries either. I have to actively give my stresses to him. It helps me to picture myself handing Jesus a ball of energy that I call my worries. Sounds silly, right? But it helps me visualize it. As I do this, I ask him to please take these worries from me. I can’t deal with the negative thoughts on my own, and ask him for peace.

I find that when I do this, I do feel better. You know that tension you feel when you’ve got a lot on your mind? I feel it lift. I literally feel lighter. It might sound silly to feel this pressure during the holidays, but I do, every year. I feel sad about family issues, happy for the blessings I have, and worry that I will make the people in my life feel special. I can get wrapped up in worry over the dumbest things and the big ones if I let myself go there. But I don’t. I can’t. I have to just ask for peace. The good news is that when I ask, it’s there, in an instant.

 

Cherie Burbach About Cherie Burbach

Cherie Burbach is the founder of Putting on the New. She is a poet, mixed media artist, and freelance writer. She's written for About.com, NBC/Universal, Match.com, Christianity Today, and more. Her latest book is: Art and Faith: Mixed Media Art With a Faith-Filled Message. For more, check out her website.

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  1. I know exactly what you mean, Cherie. It’s so hard to balance everything during the holidays. Thanks for reminding us to give God control and make Him the centerpiece in our lives!

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