Liturgy for the Hurried Mom This Christmas ~
Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool and Introverted Moms
Lord, this precious week is upon us. Yet instead of joy and anticipation, I confess that my soul rushes, not to you, but to a long mental list of details still undone.
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To presents unwrapped and read-alouds unfinished, to thoughts of ungrateful children who don’t appreciate all I give and a heart fragmented by the brokenness of this dark world.
God, I’m certain I could revel in awe at your son’s birth from a distant, quiet place. My spirit longs to worship with full, unfractured attention.
But I acknowledge that’s not what you’ve called me to this year. It’s not what you called your son to either, sending him instead to this desperate realm in need of hope.
May I therefore, as he did, enter both the chaos and the calm, recognize the majesty in the mess.
May I acknowledge my limits and your limitlessness.
May I surrender control and grant you permission to lift its burden from me.
May each mistake and imperfection in this holiday point me back to the only One who can make all things new.
Open my eyes to any expectations I carry, knowingly or unknowingly, about how this Christmas should be. Help me remember that sometimes the things that go wrong make the best memories.
I now release all internal or external pressure to make this week magical. You are all the wonder we’ve ever needed.
Allow my heart to unwrap the gift of your bigger perspective – to understand that what does or doesn’t happen this Christmas doesn’t define me as a mother or our family as a whole. It’s merely one brushstroke in a much larger work of art.
Perhaps what currently feels like a dark smudge on my life’s canvas will one day serve as the background for a stunning sunrise.
So I ask for acceptance of whatever joys and challenges this week brings. May my restless spirit now steady, merging into tempo with your sacred pace.
As I hold my own babes, whether big or small, may I pause to remember Mary cradling my tiny savior.
And may I give thanks.
Merry Christmas, fellow Simple Homeschoolers! I pray this liturgy for the hurried mom this Christmas reminds us all to slow down and see the majesty in our mess. Much love to you and yours, Jamie xo
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