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Stripping Away the Clutter

In a season when she is facing loss and uncertainty, Fuller Southwest Advisory Board member Charlotte Christian is learning what it means to “be still and know that I am God.”

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Photo by Matt Lumpkin (MDiv ’11)

Especially during the Advent season, instead of a time of quiet reflection, I find myself wearing my “Martha” hat. I am quite sure Martha had a list too. But also remembered is Jesus reprimanding Martha to slow down and sit at his feet. For me, staying busy is being productive. At least that is what I have always told myself. This year I find that staying busy doesn’t work as well. My soul is threadbare.

Quiet reflection is healing my soul. “Be still and know that I am God.” Instead of reflecting on loss because of the recent passing of my mother at 93, I remember how wonderful it is that she knew Jesus and is now with him. Instead of anxiety, I look forward to the additional grace and faith he will give me when I go next week for surgery.

This year my reflection is about grace—what a privilege it is to be a Christian. In the good times we rejoice and praise him. In the uncertain times, we lean upon him for comfort and assurance. He never fails. Stripping away the clutter and litter in our lives leaves us with time for great comfort and joy.

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    Charlotte Christian
    Charlotte Christian is on the Advisory Board at Fuller Southwest, where she has also attended some classes.
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