Read: “The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.” Psalm 29:11 (NIV)
Reflect: I know so many people LOVE the Christmas season. Come Thanksgiving, they have the music playing, the decorations up and their schedules packed with the busyness of this time of year. I like it too. It’s a fun and festive time. I like the parties and Christmas cards…I like all of it.
What I LOVE, though, is the week after Christmas, before the New Year. That lost week is the time of year that I look forward to the most. It seems like nothing gets planned, and it’s almost overlooked on the calendar, and I love it! A feeling of calm settles over my house and my heart and I am able to reflect on the meaning of the season. It’s like that quietness allows me to fully realize how Jesus’ birth is the launching point for the rest of history in a way that eludes me in the weeks prior to Christmas.
Jesus’ birth gives us Christmas. But it’s his incarnation—the fact that he was fully human and fully God—that gives us reason and hope the rest of the year. The quietness of this week helps me marvel at that fact.
React: Is this a quiet week for you? Can you use this calm to reflect on how Jesus’ birth can impact you beyond this Christmas season? How can you carry the hope and joy of the holidays into the rest of your year?
Pray: God help us remain in awe of the fact that you gave Jesus to us. Help this continue to change how we live.