The Other Side of Christmas: December 5

Dig Your Roots    

December 5, 2019
by Renee Leiby   

Jeremiah 2:13 (CSB) 
“For my people have committed a double evil: They have abandoned me, the fountain of living water, and dug cisterns for themselves-cracked cisterns that cannot hold water.” 
Tis the season to be jolly? More like 'tis the season to be stressed… finding the perfect gift, creating “Pinterest worthy” cookies, anticipating family drama, fitting in an abundance of events onto your calendar, etc. A lot of this stems from the media displaying what a “perfect” Christmas looks like. When we follow these “earthly standards” for a [so called] perfect holiday season, we focus on ourselves and on impressing others, which ultimately leads to us veering away from and losing sight of the true meaning of Christmas:  celebrating Christ’s birth.  
It is important during this holiday season, that we remain close to God so He can help guide our paths and help us stay rooted to His Truth. Psalm 1:3 says, “He is like a tree planted beside flowing streams that bears its fruit in its season and whose leaf does not wither...”. God is a fountain of Living Water; He has all we need, and it will flow to us in His perfect timing. If we remain true to Him, fall on Him with our worries, and ask Him for help, He will provide us with the sustenance we need to thrive. If we try to do it all on our own and make the holiday about us, we rely on our own “cracked cisterns” that have no purpose or structure. With the amount of stress that the holidays bring, we will quickly run dry and wither. His water is the only thing that will help us prosper and properly enjoy the holidays. This is true not only during the holiday season but throughout all our lives. When we are tempted to try to control our lives on our own, we miss out on the beautiful and sweet fruit that will come from His watering. Yes, we all wander, but it is important to always find our way back to our roots next to God and His fountain of Living Water.
As you become stressed throughout this holiday season, remember to always make your way back to God and the true reason for the season. Cast your worries on God in prayer and He will provide peace and calmness in the time of chaos. Whenever you feel far from God, ask Him for help to guide you back towards Him.

Dear Lord, I thank You for this season of togetherness and celebrating. I ask for guidance, Lord, as the stressors of this holiday season begin to surface, that You will help me stay grounded with Your Word and Your Truth, amen.  
About the author:
Renee Leiby 
Renee is a pediatric physical therapist from Pennsylvania who moved to Virginia last year. Soon after moving, she began to attend Stafford Crossing regularly. Renee attends Sunday worship services and is part of a weekly small group Bible study for young adult women.