The After-Christmas Blues

December 30, 2020
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Proverbs 8:34 – Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. (NKJV)

Decorations are put away. The tree has been recycled. There are no more presents to open. I feel like a balloon that is losing air and slowly wilting away. The fun and laughter of sharing with family and friends is over, and all is back to normal. But wait! What is normal?

Take a minute and remember why we celebrated. Remember the Babe whom we welcomed once again into our hearts: Jesus, the Son of God, born of a virgin, fulfilling prophecies. He does not fade into the background, only to be brought to mind again at Easter.

There are no Christmas blues for the child of God — only excitement and anticipation of the future and of knowing the Lord more intimately. Our Christmas celebration may be over, but ahead is a new year of adventure, walking with the Prince of Peace.

Friends, during this new year, may our "new normal" be daily watching at His gates, listening for our Lord to speak through His Word, and every day celebrating new life in Him. Let us take time to worship and treasure every opportunity that He gives us to draw Him closer to our hearts, feeding on the manna from heaven, the Word of God.

2 Peter 3:18a – Grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (NKJV)

Prayer: Father God, thank You that we can celebrate Your love, goodness, and mercy all year long. Amen.


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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Perfect length.


    Thanks for the good word, Glenda.


    A great challenge, Glenda! I don’t remember seeing your name before. Are you a new writer? If so, welcome!


    Your sprightly reminder that we don’t need to be depressed after the decorations have been put away gives each of us a boost. Thank you for your writing.


    Glenda,
    Your devotional is a most important reminder.
    Thank you,
    (Texas)


    If you have Ukrainian relatives, they will tell you Christmas is not over yet. We still celebrate the coming of the Magi on the 6th of January. But thank you for the reminder that He is ever close to us.
    God bless.


    Glenda, Thanks for writing this wonderful reminder! Your message really spoke to me as I will soon put away the decor that has been so cheery.
    Wonderful to have such a positive tap on our shoulders. Of all people, we certainly have much to look forward to in the coming days and year!


    Ah yes. Maybe it is why I celebrate Epiphany, the wisemen’s visit. The ten days of Christmas. My decorations are still up til then and by then I am more than happy to return my living space to its usual spaciousness, This winter will be long but more time to spent with the Lord is so lovely. The fringe benefits of winter and covid. Blessings.


    Glenda,
    Thanks for your share.
    In our faith tradition (Catholic), we have the CHRISTMAS SEASON, which lasts until either Jan 3 (Epiphany which is often the 6th, but is moved to a Sunday), or the 10th, when we celebrate the Baptism of Jesus. Some groups even go into FEBRUARY for Candlemas day…
    So, our decorations and such stay up a bit longer than others.
    (CA)


    Very thoughtful and true.
    Thank you.


    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. Blessings.


    Amen Glenda.
    Thanks for sharing.
    I wish you happy new and blessed 2021 in Jesus name.

 



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