Sunday, December 26, 2010
Twas the Day After Christmas.
I remember as a child how it seemed that it took so long for Christmas to come. In the days leading up to it, all the things my mom and dad did to prepare for it only helped to build the anticipation. We always raked the yard the week before so it would look nice. My mom made a lot of holiday candies and cookies. I went with my dad to cut down the tree on our farm. Then that holiday joy and excitement would reach its peak on Christmas Eve when I came out of my room to find what Santa had left for me.
But that feeling was fleeting because with all the happenings that happened on Christmas day, it went by really fast. Then there was the sad and somewhat depressing Day After Christmas feeling. The family and friends went back home, the toys started to get old and what was left of the turkey got cold.
Over 2000 years ago, for the small group that took part in that miraculous event, Christmas was even more exciting. For Mary and Joseph, the wise men, and the shepherds, though they may not have fully grasped its magnitude, they witnessed an event that changed the world from that point into eternity. But soon that day was over, and as we read in Luke 2:20, the shepherds went home, and Mary and Joseph had to go on with raising their baby boy.
We often look for the miraculous with our experience with God. We feel we are closest to God when our emotions are high and the experience is exciting. Whether that's in a public service in church or a private moment with the Lord. Then our tendency is to allow ourselves to grow cold in our spirit once the final song has been sung and the crowd has dispersed. But the fact is, we have to go on and grow on living our lives for Christ.
Just remember that the miracle that was the life of Christ did not fade with the star over Bethlehem. His work had just begun. Once the Shepherds left, Jesus went on living so that one day He could die for you and for me. And now Christ gives us the power to live for Him.
So...Twas the day after Christmas. Are you still excited about the baby Jesus?