It felt a little strange to be in the stores today. The hustle and bustle has died down and the Valentine’s Day displays are going up. At home, the tree is down and the decorations put away and just a little sadness remains. There is always so much build up to Christmas; I guess the let down is somewhat inevitable.
As we move into the New Year, wouldn’t it be great if we could keep some of the “Holly Jolly”? Doesn’t everyone just seem a little nicer at Christmastime? Don’t people seem to smile a little more often? We are often more willing to share our time or money with those less fortunate. We make peace with family members with whom we fail to see eye to eye during the year. The music, the candlelight services, the general spirit of Christmas . . . for most folks, these things seem to make the world a little brighter for a month or so.
Assuming our focus, through the Christmas season was on Baby Jesus and what God has done for us, wouldn’t it be excellent, if each day continued to begin with thoughts of Him? As the Christmas carols are replaced with worship music and the Nativity stories with other bible readings and daily devotions, I hope He can not just be the “reason for the season” but the “light of my life”.
In our family, as we set our goals for 2014, we will be seeking guidance from the Lord and asking His blessing over the year.
How do you avoid tucking Jesus away with the decorations at the end of the season?