In a Season of Frenzy, Choose Serenity

IT…is coming.
Ready or not, IT…is coming.
Whether you like it or whether you loathe, IT…is coming.
What is…IT?

IT…is the crazy, chaotic, commerce-catering corridor of days, beginning somewherein mid-November and ending somewhere in early January. IT…is commonly labeled as “the holiday season.”

In truth, IT is often “a season of frenzy.” This season of frenzy is aptly described in a modern adaptation of “Jingle Bells.”

Dashing through the Mall

Dashing through the mall,
On a late November day,
Through the stores we go,
Charging all the way. [Ching…ching…ching].

Bells on registers ring,
Making credit lines light.
Oh, what fun it is to buy
Everything in sight! [Ching…ching…ching]

Refrain: Jingle bells, jingle bells!
The kids all yell and scream.
To us, it sounds like anarchy.
To them, it’s harmony. Hey!

Jingle bells, jingle bells!
The children tipped the tree.
Glass ornaments all smashed to bits.
The kids each say, “Not me!

Dad goes to work each day,
Designing parts for flight.
But his real job is at home:
Refereeing fights.

Mom drives the kids around
In an ancient mini-van:
Karate, swimming, Children’s Choir…
And Espresso in her hand. Hey!

Refrain: Jingle bells, jingle bells!
The kids all yell and scream.
To us, it sounds like anarchy.
To them, it’s harmony. Hey!

Jingle bells, jingle bells!
The children tipped the tree.
Glass ornaments all smashed to bits.
The kids each say, “Not me!”

The season of frenzy. We may choose to be swamped by and swept up by the season of frenzy.
We may choose frenzy.

Or we may choose to hear and heed the words of an ancient yesterday, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good
news of great joy.” (Luke 2:10)
We may choose serenity.

In the late 1930’s, the American theologian, Reinhold Niebuhr, penned a prayer that has come to bear the
name: “Serenity Prayer.” In the 1940’s, its verses were adapted and applied by Alcoholics Anonymous and
other Twelve-Step Programs.

Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference:
Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as God did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that God will make all things right,
if I surrender to God will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with God, forever in the next.
Amen.

In the season widely known as “the holiday season,” Niehbur’s “Serenity Prayer” gives us reason to
pause…and to choose an alternative pace.

This holiday season, you have a choice of frenzy or of serenity.

Which pace will you choose?

Beside you in the journey of faith,
Rev. Barbara