Hope this Helps: The Struggle to Enjoy Christmas

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We’re doing a special blast of HTH (Hope this Helps) posts this Christmas season. May these resources be a blessing to you in your ministry!  

The Christmas season is difficult for me as a pastor. With all of my different responsibilities at the church, it’s hard for me to find time to enjoy the season for myself. To step back from my job and just enjoy and celebrate.

So I’ve learned to look for moments – short periods of time where I can stop what I’m doing, lay aside responsibilities (even if just for a minute), and receive the blessing of the season.

Obviously, Scripture is my first go-to aid in this endeavor. John 1 (especially verse 14) is the heart of the Christmas story:

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Another great way for me to find some moments is through music. And Tyrone Wells’s The Christmas Album points me back to what the season is all about. His music is light and simple. The carol renditions are true to the originals and worshipful, and the original song, “Christmas at Home,” is an excellent reminder to prioritize and value time with family. Tyrone loves Jesus, and it is fully evident in this album, which has become one of my all-time Christmas favorites.

Hope this helps.

To learn more about gospel centered youth ministry, check out more articles from Rooted’s youth ministry blog. 

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