Alyssa Shibata is having a holiday freak-out right now and unashamed to say it. Join us for Advent November 27 - December 24.
THANKSGIVING IS ON THURSDAY! Sorry for yelling, but can you believe it? I definitely can't. This season seems to creep up on me every year, and honestly, it stresses me out.
I'm not a great cook, and I'm trying some new recipes for the first time. (I'm well aware I should have practiced in advance). I probably should have bought the food in advance, too. But I'm just going to be another frantic shopper the day before Thanksgiving.
I haven't been a grown-up for very long, and I'm still trying to figure out this Christmas thing. At what point do I need to start decorating the house for Christmas? Will the neighbors be annoyed if we don't do Christmas lights? How long can I leave up decorations after Christmas without being that person? On top of that, no, I have not bought a single Christmas present yet.
These are just the tip of the iceberg of stressful holiday thoughts for me. Don't even mention cleaning, hosting, figuring out what to do with the dog that bites men, etc. Maybe some of you feel the same way. I get so caught up in the tangibles of Thanksgiving and Christmas that I forget to be thankful. I forget to be in awe of everything God has done for me.
When was the last time I basked in gratitude for the wonderous works of God? I wish it wasn't so hard for me to remember the last time I thanked God without being prompted.
This Advent season, we are coming back down to Earth. I'm going to try to let go of the silly details of Christmas and thank God for sending his son Jesus Down to Earth. Try it with me.
Thank you for bringing us justice, giving us life, forgiving our sins, shining light on us and teaching us how to live a life of love. This Advent series, I thank God for coming down to Earth by bringing myself back down to Earth. Because at the end of the day, stressing about the details makes Christmas about me.
Please join us November 27 - December 24 for the Advent worship series Down to Earth. All people are welcome.