Read: Mark 9:30-37

Tis the season of writing cards, baking, shopping, etc. It’s easy to get frustrated with the traffic, crowds and not enough time to get it all done.  By the end of it all we are glad it’s over.

This is a big challenge of mine. I’m a ‘check that off the list’ kinda person. I plow thru the work hoping to complete it so then I can finally put my feet up and relax, visit with family and even spend a few minutes in prayer. Truth be told, the work never ends.

If we keep up the business of our Holiday tasks soon the true spirit of Christmas ~ giving of ourselves; spending time with each other and with Jesus ~ goes out the window.

Even though baking, shopping and decorating are all wonderful things; don’t let that be your main focus.

Just like the disciples in the scripture, they got caught up in their own thinking and didn’t take the time to spend with Jesus; really listen to him. To give of ourselves requires us to take time away from our ‘tasks’ and give that time to someone else.

This season challenge yourself to spend TIME with family, friends, and Jesus ~ believe me it will be worth your TIME !

Amy Wall, Parish Secretary