Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas, New Year… these are a few of my favorite things! I love the foods, the smells, the lights, the pageantry, the gift giving and the hope of starting fresh each year. But you may have noticed, as I have, that it is easy to get burned out part way through it all and wish you had chosen to take on fewer projects! That’s why my Christmas motto is “Put my oxygen mask on first!” That sounds like a selfish motto for this season of giving, doesn’t it?
I’m determined to learn something important from all the times I have heard the speech given by a flight attendant before takeoff. The gist of it is: If you are traveling with someone who would need your assistance in an emergency, put your own oxygen mask on first and then you will be equipped to get the oxygen mask on someone else! It makes so much sense and yet it’s especially hard for many of us to put our own well-being first. It sounds so selfish! Yet if I get overworked or irritated or sick, it will impact everyone around me and all those I would have helped if I had just taken the time to take care of myself!
So as this holiday season ramps up, I challenge you to put on your oxygen mask first. Make sure you take care of your health, pray daily and join others for worship each week so that YOU are ready for the birth of Jesus and all of the surrounding festivities.
Our congregation knows that participating in these devotional readings and the worship times below will help you to keep your oxygen mask on! We invite you to join us!
(in the field across from St. James Catholic Church)
Thursday and Friday, December 17 & 18
Christmas Eve candle lighting service at Independent Fire Hall,
200 West 2nd Avenue,
Ranson, West Virginia 25438,