December 10, 2014
Reducing Stress Around the Holidays
People are sometimes confused by the term pastoral counseling. They aren’t clear if it is religious counseling or if it is real therapy. Fortunately today’s segment provides perfect example of professional pastoral counseling perspective. In addition to addressing the common problem of stress around the holidays, it also demonstrates how familiar biblical stories can be used to augment and reinforce the lessons of psychological science.
Why are Holidays so stressful for some?
Since it’s the holidays, it’s a perfect time for a great story and the story of biblical story of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38) perfectly expresses the essence of holiday stress. For those who aren’t familiar, Luke 10:38-42
( …a woman named Martha received him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me." 41 But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; 42 one thing …