December 26, 2011

Luke 2:19 Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself.

After the star has set and the angels have gone back into heaven and the shepherds have returned home, the day after Christmas, you are still in a barn with an aching body and a crying baby. In modern day life that often means that the house is a wreck, we are exhausted, hung over, have indigestion (or all three) and fearing the credit card bills that will be coming soon. We gave Jesus his due by going to church Christmas Eve but now he is forgotten, lost in the pile of used wrapping paper. But there is the Mary option. We can stop for a while, even today, and ponder the Jesus whose birth we celebrated (it was his birth we celebrated, right?). There are 4 weeks in Advent and 12 days from Christmas to Epiphany. Christmas isn’t over. It has only just begun. May it be a blessed season for you.

Don

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