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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

{ Christmas Chaos }

After taking Mom for her blood work yesterday morning, she wanted to go to Wal-Mart.  That worked out great for me because I had a few things I needed to pick up, too.  I went to the fabric department to get material for the doll bedding I'm making for our grand-daughter as part of her Christmas gift.  Now, at "my" Wal-Mart it's difficult to find help in the fabric/craft department, so I was so grateful there was somebody there cutting fabric for another customer.  I waited my turn and when I stepped up to the cutting table, the lady working stood on the other side with both hands on the table and her head down.  At first I thought she was sick, so I asked if she was okay.  She raised her head and told me it was going to be a long day.  I asked how long she'd been there and she kinda laughed and said she'd come in at 8:30.  At that time, it was only about 10:00.  She proceeded to tell me that this wasn't even her department (I already figured out she was from the photo lab), that she kept getting calls that her machine was torn up and she couldn't find the time to fix it because she had to keep coming to cut fabric.  I told her that I'd put the bolt back she was cutting my material from and that I'd pray for her.  As I walked off, I did pray that God would surround her with His peace and give her a better day.

 Yesterday was a busy day for me, too.  I rushed to get back home, put up my groceries, made my hubby a cake I'd promised, washed up the dishes in the sink, started on the doll bedding for our grand-daughter, fixed a very quick supper, and found myself not getting into bed until around 11:00 last night and still have more sewing to do today.  

I'm telling this story to get to the point that Christmas is just too chaotic and we seem to miss the point sometimes of what we're supposed to be celebrating.....
the birth of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

 Let's be much in prayer for those working in retail this time of year.  

Let's be in prayer for each other that we'll take time to just......

breathe in His Grace!



7 comments:

  1. Thank you....I needed to see this. Thanks Deb....you bring such happiness to my heart. Blessings

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  2. Amen...peace...good to remember that!

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  3. The staff in the nursing home where my mother lives are stretched, too. One aide was working 17 hours straight. I don't GET it! And I don't understand how customers or residents are served well when people are working such long hours. You were thoughtful in response to the clerk, Deb.

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  4. Beautiful post, Deb. I pray that your prayer for the clerk helped her that day. Have a blessed day.

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  5. It really is a shame that so many people suffer from stress, over-working, and (especially) those working in service industries, the abuse from a stressed out customer base. We really do need to stop and take a deep breath of His GRACE and remember why we are celebrating. We should be doing it all with great JOY in our hearts!

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  6. I know exactly what you mean, and we should ALL be thankful for those working in retail and be patient with them. It is a crazy mess and it shouldnt be.....we should all be focusing on the real reason for the season.

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  7. It seems no matter how hard we try, the closer we get to Christmas the more chaotic life becomes. There's always some place to go and something that needs to get done! Through it all there are wonderful people like you, who take the time from their own chaos to pray for others. I've got several events this week-end, looking forward to them even in all this business!! God is good, He gives us peace through it all. Christmas Day I plan to be still and feel His peace around me.

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