It’s about the People!

Make Time For Friends and Family!

Do you make time for friends and family or do you easily lose sight of the people in your life due to all of the lists and tasks you’re trying to manage? This month I’d like to share my thoughts on the importance of being “with” one another, making time for friends and family – giving others your undivided attention. It is about being present to the one who needs a smile, a hug, or a word.

We have a family tradition of writing in a Thanksgiving journal each year. My husband, daughter, and I take some time to individually write a journal entry of the year’s blessings. Once we have all pondered those days, events, and gifts, we share with one another by reading them together.

This year, I was reminded of the many funeral homes I visited for friends, family members, and acquaintances who have passed. I reflected on the readings and prayers delivered and deposited at the funeral homes. I remembered those times spent comforting those mourning and praying for peace for those left behind.

The deaths in and of themselves are not what came to mind, however, it was the emotion of regret. The regret of the misappropriation of time. I spent time sharing God’s Word with their families after the person died, wondering if he or she knew the Lord. I wondered what he or she had done with their lives and families over the previous seasons prior to their death.

I am reminded of when Nehemiah was instructed to rebuild the wall, he successfully did that monstrous task in 52 days. (Mind your there were no fork lifts or cranes). It was the second task he was given that made it God’s city. Fill it with people!

 “Now the city was large and spacious, but there were few people in it, and the houses had not yet been rebuilt.” Nehemiah 7:4

Nehemiah never exalted the walls over the people. The people were the city, and the wall would keep them safe. Similarly, the church building is not the church; the people are the church!

“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles, and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him, the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling place in which God lives by His spirit.” Ephesians 2:19-22

Like Nehemiah, interferences can try to hinder us from staying focused on those who are important within our lives. We need to be cautious that we do not allow work, busyness of life, holidays (Christmas shopping, baking, etc.), and more to interfere with what really matters – spending time with those you love.
For me, it’s all about the people. To let go of the bitterness and resentment the enemy shakes at me by reminding me of people who may have wounded or left me. To make amends with people I have hurt. To relay the message of Ephesians 2:19-22 to those people in my life before I have to see them at the funeral home. To share the hope and peace with people around me that comes from knowing Christ in this world, which takes us joyfully into the next!

Peace and Blessings for a very Merry Christmas,
Anna Marie

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