This is a fantastic time of the year, filled with both joy and chaos. On one hand, there's the cool weather, football season (Go Big Blue!), and the vibrant colors of the leaves. On the other hand, there are hectic school schedules, numerous extracurricular activities, and the pressure of holiday planning. From Halloween to Christmas, it's undoubtedly one of the busiest periods of the year.
What should be a time of gratitude can sometimes turn into family drama. The celebration of Jesus' birth becomes a frantic shopping spree for people we may not even like. We find ourselves dealing with house guests, mounting credit card bills, attending school plays, band or orchestra concerts, and struggling to be in two places at once. As I write this, I can almost hear the piano music from Charlie Brown playing in the background while people rush around in double time.
So, what do we do when we feel overwhelmed? What happens when life becomes too much to handle? I must admit that I don't have all the answers, but I would like to offer a few pastoral suggestions if you'll allow me. Here they are:
Remember, you are not alone in feeling overwhelmed during this time of year. Be gentle with yourself, prioritize what truly matters, and embrace the joy that this season brings.