Awhile ago I wrote an article for Vital Magazine called "When God Works, We Can Rest."
I'll explain why I'm linking to that in a moment, but first this: today is the day before Christmas Eve, which, of course, makes me think of Christmas Eve, which makes me think of not sleeping -- or, more accurately, the impossibility of sleeping on Christmas Eve when I was a child.
And after all these years I still don't know what sugar plums are, but they still sound delicious, and I still love thinking about them as I fall asleep on Christmas Eve.
The funny thing about Christmas Eve is that even when you don't really sleep because you are so excited, you still feel rested in the morning because the joy trumps all tiredness. It renews you.
It's a powerful analogy for what it means to rest to God. And I think the article above is a really timely article for this day and age. If you have another couple minutes to spare, please check out. Here is an excerpt from it to peak your interest:
In ancient Israel, the day started just after sunset. That's right. It wasn't the morning that kicked things off. A person didn't wake up, walk out their front door to go to work, see their neighbor walking his dog and say, "Good morning, Fred. It's a beautiful new day, isn't it?"
No, the dawn didn't mark the new day. It was dusk. God's command to structure the Hebrew calendar around the lunar cycle certainly had something to do with it, but there was more to it than that. I believe God was trying to teach them something...
So, with that in mind, I say to you in Christ's name: sleep well tonight and Merry Christmas. Enjoy your Christmas Eve tomorrow, with all its sugar plums and magical pixie dust galaxies of stars, and enjoy your bright Christmas morning -- as bright as the face of Joy itself.
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