Glimpses of grace seen in the everyday

Christmas is finished and decorations will soon be down. The carols have all been sung.  Family reunions have been enjoyed (or tolerated, as the case may be).  The gifts have been wrapped, unwrapped, enjoyed for a while, and some of them broken, returned to the store, or forgotten.  The partying has produced an expanded waistline and a slim checkbook.  The aftermath of Christmas can leave you with a deflated feeling, especially if you live in a cold climate with several more dreary months of winter. 

But the best gift of Christmas just keeps getting better.

I’m reminded of the birth of our children.  It was such fun anticipating the happy event.  We prepared baby clothes, toys, and equipment.  We dreamed of what it would be like to hold this baby in our arms.  Finally the big day arrived with all its excitement—and then it was over.  No, it had just begun.  I’d find myself busy in the kitchen and then remember with a surge of joy that I had a new baby sleeping in the other room!  He has been a wonderful part of my life to stay, after all the excitement over his birth.

So Jesus, the whole reason for CHRISTmas, is here to stay after all the excitement of the event has died down.  The question is, what will we do with Him?  Do we put him away on the shelf with the decorations until next December rolls around?  Do we trade Him in for something more glitzy?  Or do we welcome Him into our lives with love and honor every day—and enjoy Christmas all year long?

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