Things to do. Errands to run. Doctor appointments to make. Sports schedules to coordinate. These notes are what clutter my kitchen countertop on any given day. In fact, the more hectic life is, the more cluttered my counter is!

One evening I took off my wedding ring and placed it on the counter. The next day I could not find it, my most valued possession!  It was not where I thought I had left it, no one had seen it, and my heart began to pound faster and faster!  Suddenly I caught a glimpse of it – hidden beneath the clutter of my lists and notes.  Yes, the possession I value more than anything because of the significance of what it stands for was hidden and buried beneath comparatively meaningless clutter. 

What a picture that can be of my own heart, and perhaps of yours, too. There may not be a busier time than the Christmas season!  It is quite possible that we, too, find the One we value above all suddenly “buried” beneath the busyness, “covered” by the clutter of our hearts. 

Despite the demands of the season and all that may be left on our lists to accomplish, let us seek opportunities to quiet ourselves as we focus on the greatest gift ever given: Jesus Himself. Let us ask Him to declutter our hearts so that He would truly be the center of this season as we celebrate the love of God made known through Christ!

Come and worship, come and worship,
Come and worship, Christ the newborn king.
Come and worship, come and worship,
Come and worship, Christ the newborn king.
(Angels from the Realms of Glory) 

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
(2 Corinthians 9:15)

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