Stress. We all deal with some stress in our lives. Take for instance a seed. A seed relies on proper nutrients in the soil, some rain, some sunlight, and other factors to grow. Too much of anyone thing is detrimental to the growth cycle of the plant. If the seed gets too much rain it will drown. If it gets too much sun it will scorch. If the soil is too acidic or rocky, or whatever, the seed's growth will be effected. Extremes are just not good for the seed. But neither is perfection. A seed that that is mollycuddled won't be that hearty. .A seed that has faced some hardship, will be able to endure a short period of drought. A seed that has never suffered drought will find a short drought more difficult to endure.
Christmas is a time of stress for some people. Those worried about their weight are tempted by Christmas goodies. The malls are crowded and we are under pressure to buy the perfect gift. The to do lists get full. Christmas can be very stressful. May we find ways to cope with that stress. May it be for us a time of enjoyment and not one that has to be endured.