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Come to a night of nativity, pause and reflection

Mouse River Journal of Towner, North Dakota

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In case you haven't noticed, our daily life does not take a break as we prepare for the holidays. In addition to our daily work, taking care of household duties, and maintaining our personal health practices, we add extra duties. These extra assignments include things we want to do such as buying Christmas presents, attending festivals, sending Christmas letters and decorating our homes inside and out, and arranging for travel.

The holidays can be a most wonderful time of year. The season is often marked with family, tradition, and giving. And no matter our age, it stirs up memories and creates new ones. The holidays can indeed bring out the best in all of us.

But despite all the hope and preparation, holiday expectations may go unmet. We can't find that special gift for a loved one. The roads get icy and we miss the concert. Our spouse is called out of town so we have to decorate the tree without help. The hustle and bustle wear us down and we would like to press the STOP button and have an extra week to get everything done. We need a time of stillness. Where can we find a quiet place?

The folks at Zion Lutheran Church invite you to pause on December 12th to take time for yourself and reflect on the real meaning of Christmas. Come to Zion anytime between 3-5:30 p.m. on Friday, the 12th. Zion will offer you a time and place for relaxation and peacefulness. All are invited to come, to pause and breathe deeply, to reflect on what the Christmas season is all about, and to sit awhile.

Come and quietly view the precious nativity sets in the Fellowship Hall at Zion. Remember the nativity story. A booklet will be provided to guide you through the sets. As you consider the story in each set, we invite you to slow down, relax, and quiet yourself. About thirty sets will be on display.

For additional reflection, you are invited to attend the ecumenical time of prayer, peace and reflection in the sanctuary. Come and go as you desire; stay as long as you need. Sit in the presence of the Prince of Peace. Listen to your body as you reflect on how wonderfully you have been created. Close your eyes. Allow tranquility to envelope your spirit. Count your blessings. Focus on a hymn or a Bible verse. Let there be peace within you. Pray.

There is no charge. A free will offering container will be available in the narthex. Donations will be used for mission.

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Original Publication Date: December 3, 2014

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