The Sound of Silence
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven… a time to be silent and a time to speak. Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 7
In our family, in addition to Christmas, we celebrate four birthdays and an anniversary between December 10 and December 28. Our lives get overwhelmingly busy during this time of year. There are endless lists to be made, shopping to do, presents to wrap, cards to address, parties to plan, birthday cakes and Christmas cookies to bake. And, there is always the search for the “perfect gift.”
Of course, all this frenetic activity is not unique to our family; at one time or another, everyone I know has lamented the lack of time and the frantic rushing around. Often, I need to remind myself to be still, to find a time to be silent, and to let the Peace of the season wash over me. I need to stop worrying about the perfect gift and remember that that gift has already been given: “swaddled in cloths and lying in a manger.”
As a little girl, growing up in the First Baptist Church of Marshall, Texas, Advent was not a part of our church’s Christmas celebration. We anticipated Christmas but we didn’t do so with the customs that I have come to associate with Advent. It wasn’t until I married Bob, who grew up as a Presbyterian, that I learned about Advent and it became an important part of my Christmas. I have come to love this time of preparation with its music, lessons, and reflections as we anticipate the birth of our Savior.
I cherish this season of waiting, of contemplating, of daily devotions, and Advent wreaths. I’m not always successful in removing myself completely from the hubbub, but each day I try to make time to be silent and to reflect.
Heavenly Father, thank you for our perfect gift in your Son Jesus. Help us to quiet our hectic lives, to slow our activities, and to make time for worshiping Him. In His precious name we pray, Amen.
Ann Peck has been a member of South Main for a year. She and Bob are members of the Power and Light class. They are the parents of Megan and Amy and grandparents to Jessica, Nicholas, James, and Lyla.