25 Days of Advent - RESTLESS

Restless by Elaine Cappadona

What makes you restless? The definition of restless is "not content." When you are restless, you can be unsettled, anxious, uneasy, troubled. 2020 has certainly been a year that has given us many reasons to be restless.

When I reflected on the word "restless," it stirred up memories of my children as babies. Every parent understands those restless nights with a baby who is not content, even though they are fed, dry and warm. As a parent, we draw them close to out chest and wrap our arms around them, perhaps while softly singing or talking soothingly to them. The familiar voice and touch begins to quiet the baby. But, when we are restless as adults, how do we try to find comfort? For many, we try to fill our discontent with 'things' or 'activities.' But, when we stop, the restlessness is still there.

God will draw us into His chest and wrap His arms around us, if we will let Him. I try to set aside time each day to sit at His feet in His Word, prayer, meditation or discipleship. This helps me find peace and contentment in the midst of chaos. My spiritual health also improves my physical and mental health. St. Augustine said "You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find rest in You."

So, during this Christmas season, my wish for everyone is to set aside time to spend with God. Be still and listen for His comforting voice to still your heart and give rest to your soul.

Read Psalm 42:1-3

As the deer pants for streams of water,

so my soul pants for you, my God.

2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

When can I go and meet with God?

3 My tears have been my food

day and night,

while people say to me all day long,

“Where is your God?”

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