Now that Christmas is over, are you thinking to yourself, “Finally! I can get back to my normal routine”?
For some people, the past weeks have been a hectic whirlwind of activity, and the days leading up to Christmas seem like a blur. So now what?
I guess it depends on your attitude about the season. Was it just a regular, it-comes-every-year Christmas for you? Or was it an exciting CHRISTmas: the time to reflect on the birth of Christ? For those in the second category, we cannot—we dare not!—go back to a “normal” routine.
For those that encountered Jesus on (or near) the day of His birth in Bethlehem, look how they responded:
The Shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen.
Simeon took the baby Jesus in his arms and praised God.
Anna broke into an anthem of praise to God, and talked about the child to all who were waiting expectantly for the freeing of Jerusalem.
The Magi were overjoyed, and they bowed down and worshiped Him.
My prayer for myself—and for you, too—is that our encounter with Jesus this Christmas was so real, that we will continue to glorify God, and worship Him with overflowing joy, for the rest of the year. Let’s not just get through Christmas, but let’s make sure the reality of CHRISTmas continues to resonate throughout the year.