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Rest—It’s Part of the Preparation

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From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.


(Psalm 3:8)

Background music attribution: The O’Neill Brothers Group, The Holly & The Ivy from Joyous Christmas Carols on Piano

A December calendar is typically rather demanding. Ruthless, even. It often barks merciless marching orders to a grueling pace.

Our days are nothing like the peace framed on a seasonal card. Which means, in this bustling month of preparations, we need to be deliberate about pausing in quietness before God.

Steal away from the stress, which rudely bombards tranquility, and prepare for yourself a daily selah.

Selah is what biblical scholars have translated as a musical pause. It is used in the Book of Psalms a whopping 71 times.

It can mean a rest—to stop;

a pause—to listen.

Either usher in peace.

If you are a child of God, you especially need to find a pausing place to listen to the voice of your loving Father.

Come away from the noise and draw near His calming Presence.

Dash from the clamoring media. Determine the holiday commotion won’t keep you from communion with the Savior.

Stop and listen,

purposefully prepare selah,

to hear the news of His deliverance.

Pause, as a planned activity,

prepare a rest,

enter into the peace of His presence.

Prepare space in your hurried and harried day to rest in the Prince of Peace.


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