The Weekly Breather: Ending Well

Settle Yourself and Release

Most of us have raced into and through Christmas. Isn’t it interesting the we sacrifice the very thing that gives meaning, a gentle rhythm, for the pursuit of meaning and experience? In order for our Christmas to have all the elements that we expect will bring joy, we can miss seemingly insignificant moments that are full of God and life and love.

Thankfully, the next day dawns, and we are again invited into the grace of a new day. The rhythms of sun rise and sun set are a gift of renewal for human life. Also, the larger rhythms of the year rising and setting are an invitation to reflect and reorder.

As you sit in quiet this day, perhaps light a candle to symbolize the light of God’s presence and revelation in the ordinariness of this actual moment. Take a breath and look back over your experience of Christmas and release it to the Lord of light. Don’t take much time regretting if you were caught up in chaos and hurry, or if things didn’t turn out as you hoped. Just see it and release it into the hands of God.

Then turn your attention to the present moment, the place where God is dwelling closely to your heart.

Consider The Kindness of God

Reflect on the Pain of Life

When you are aware of your longing for restoration, allow yourself to sit quietly in the presence of Jesus the Christ and hold your pain and longing openly before Him. Ask Jesus to look with you at what you hold. Ask Him if there is something He wants to say to you about what you hold. Take your time and don’t rush this process.

If you are able, place what you are holding into the hands of Jesus. It is safe there with Him.

Take a deep breath.

Let your body relax.

All is well.

As you leave this quiet moment, whisper a prayer of gratitude for the presence of the Spirit of Jesus that goes before you into the new year.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

Marilyn Elliott served as Vice President for Community Formation at Asbury Theological Seminary and has been a church leader in the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination since 1979. She has wide pastoral experience in partnership with her husband Steve. Together, they have lead three churches over 31 years, provided missionary member-care and pastoral retreats in Chile, Argentina and Venezuela since l985, and formation teaching during Field Conferences in Eastern Europe and Indonesia.


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