Two verses for reflection:
“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:30-31).
“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests’” (Luke 2:13-14).
The Christmas season is unquestionably a joyous time of year, but for many, candy canes and reindeer are also representative of the stress that so often accompanies annual holiday festivities. We, as college students, tend to panic a little when local radio stations begin to play carols 24/7, since constant choruses of “Jingle Bell Rock” foretell the approaching onslaught of end-of-term exams, papers and projects.
People past their school days are burdened with shopping for “perfect” presents (with the resulting financial strain). What with all the additional hustle and bustle in the days leading up to Christmas, it’s easy to see why people often become overwhelmed.
Christmas can be a stressful time, but it’s important for us, as Christians, to not lose sight of the true reason for the holiday. We are supposed to be celebrating the birth of our savior, who was sent to grant us peace (though peace can be difficult to appreciate in a chaotic shopping mall or a noisy dorm hallway).
We just need to remember that God will help us through our busiest times (“the Lord will renew their strength”) so that we can focus on what’s important this Christmas season.
September Symens is a junior English and journalism major from Omaha, Neb.