This is the second week in my Advent Series. To see the first week, click here.
I confess I’ve had a heavy heart over the past couple of weeks. This is quite normal for me even in the calmest of Decembers — once the Christmas season officially starts, I find myself overwhelmed with functions and responsibilities. The tree is beautiful for a few days and then, slowly and surely, it’s plastic needles littering the carpeting and broken ornaments in the hands of enthusiastic toddlers. The normal routine becomes chaos: concerts, parties, late nights, long days.
Tonight alone, John said “MOM! Ev is kicking me!” no less than five times. To be clear: Ev was in his high chair, and John kept walking in front of him. Ev’s new favorite thing is yelling “OW!” even when no one is touching him, but rather when he is inconvenienced. Water cup is on the floor? “OW!” Can’t get out of the shopping cart at Target? “OW!” Need a diaper change? “OW! OW! OW!”
At the end of the night, Jay and I collapse onto couches and stare, glassy-eyed, at whatever show we are watching that moment. (It is currently Jessica Jones on Netflix.) At the end of the night, I would like to rest in peace, but instead I wallow in exhaustion.
So can we really know peace?
When the boys are fighting in front of me, I usually counter their loudness with more loudness. I get agitated. I get frustrated. I get tired. I don’t see peace in my home. When I look to the outside world, I see Syrian refugees being turned away. I see terrorist attacks, both foreign and domestic. I don’t see peace in the world, either.
We won’t find peace if we are looking for worldly comfort. We will only find peace when we make time to talk with God and discover his will for our lives. If your day is hard, if it is painful and exhausting, stop and ask for peace. It isn’t about changing things around you, it’s about re-centering yourself.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
If you are caught up in the frustration of preparing for another holiday party, stop, find your peace, and take fifteen minutes to throw together this guacamole. It’s easy! It’s festive! It’s good for you! (Kind of. Unless you eat the whole bowl. With a bag of tortilla chips. Which I can easily do.)
This recipe is not exact. You have to use trial and error and sample a lot as you go (go ahead, pretend to feel sad about that).
6 ripe avocados
Red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
Chop the avocados and tomato as shown above. Add the juice of one lemon, several splashes of red wine vinegar, and salt and pepper. Stir so the guacamole becomes slightly mushy (this is the technical cooking term) and taste, add, taste, add until you get the balance of ingredients you enjoy.