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The Day After Christmas

The Day After Christmas

Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! (Psalm 46:10, ESV)

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28, ESV)

Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. (Psalm 55:6, ESV)

The day after Christmas can be one of the biggest letdowns. For the past six weeks or so, we’ve been preparing for the celebration that took place yesterday. The food has been eaten (mostly); the gifts have been opened; the anticipation is over. What we are left with now is a lot of clean-up! Decorations need to be packed away, trees need to come down, and the lights must be collected from outside our homes. It can be a little depressing, to be honest, but in the afterglow of the season, we are also in need of some rest. Parents, especially, look forward to putting up their feet for a few days and just breathe.

The Christmas story, though, is one that lives each day in the hearts of Christ followers. We don’t need lights and trees to appreciate the joy our Savior’s birth brings. We don’t need a specific day on the calendar when worshiping Christ is the focus. No, this worship never ends—at least it shouldn’t. And so on this day after Christmas, we may tuck away all the reds and greens until the next Christmas season rolls around, but our hearts will remain warm with His story. Why? Because His story is the greatest ever told—it’s a story of hope, peace, joy and a love that never ends.

As we enjoy the last few days of the glow of our trees and the sparkling lights, our prayer is that we can reset for the coming New Year, that we can reflect on all we’ve experienced in this past year and see the traces of God’s faithful hand in all of it. Even as we face disappointment when we wave goodbye to another Christmas season, may joy permeate our days as we recall with thankfulness all we’ve enjoyed from the gracious and generous hand of our heavenly Father. 

So go ahead and put up your feet, even if for just a few moments. Take some deep cleansing breaths and reflect on the memories made this year. For those of you who faced a Christmas Day missing a loved one, here you are on the other side of it. Holidays are busy for most of us, so this “after period” before the New Year holiday gives us opportunity for a little rest, a little time to enjoy family, and a less demanding schedule—even for just a few days.

Pray with me today:

“Dear heavenly Father, we thank You for another Christmas season spent remembering the birth of Your Son and all the blessings that are ours because You willingly sent Him to rescue and redeem us. As we move on from the season, we pray that our hearts would remain warm for Christ—not only as the Child who was born, but as our Savior, Redeemer, Comforter, Guide and Friend. May we move on from this day with hope—hope in the promise of Your coming Kingdom, and our part in it as sons and daughters. Father, we pray that we would share Your story with the world, those in our circle of influence and those we have yet to meet. We thank You for the gift of this season, and how it reminds us of Your story, Your Son, and all He accomplished to redeem us. Until we are together forever, we will remember with joy the Gift of Your Son. And then, we will worship You forever with nothing ever standing in the way again. We love You, Father, and we praise You for all that You are. Amen!”

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