When I think of the Holiday Table, I think Food! The luscious treats I don’t have the pleasure of tasting all year long. The special dishes other people make that you will never be able to replicate. Or how about the décor, place settings, the china and silver passed down from generations and the candlelight that glows. But how about who’s at that table? Lets get real and honest now. We might say lets lay your Cards on the Table!
Those relatives and neighbors that you would rather poke your eye out then have to see. Those people that cause the holidays to become the worst time of the year. Then there’s the competition. Are you one of those people that have to buy more, wrap better or look like they stepped right off of a holiday photo shoot? Or are you the one that maybe lost their job, or still single with no kids and everyone keeps asking why you can’t find a mate? Just then you realize after the Christmas picture is taken that you wore the same sweater 3 years in a row. Seriously the holidays were never meant to be this stressful.
Lets take it back a bit. The Holiday Table is the place where we are supposed to be able to come and be ourselves. Where we feast and celebrate with family. We are supposed to remember the good and console over the bad. We are called to share life’s burdens and rejoice in life’s accomplishments. Some years are better then others and sometimes we have a string of challenges. Some of us have big families and some small, or maybe none at all. But there is always one thing that you can be grateful for. God loves you! He sent his Son to earth so we can live in Peace and Joy in His Love!
So when you think of the Holiday Table this Season, I want you to do yourself a favor. Don’t get stressed out. You can not control what other people think of you and its not a competition. Choose to forgive. This doesn’t mean you forget what hurts others have done. It just means your not going to let it affect you any longer. Don’t let others steal your joy or your peace, that’s a choice. You may need to set up some boundaries and learn to say no to some things, that’s ok! This is not easy but I promise you its rewarding. Ask God to help you and make sure your heart is in the right place.
Remember, one of Gods names is Immanuel! It means God with us. So He’s with you today and at the Table!!
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). Matthew 1:23