“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.”-James 1:17-18
December 25th has passed us by…so quickly, the day becomes a memory. After so much planning and so much anticipation, the actual festivities of Christmas day are quickly over and done. It can be a little bittersweet when the day is gone…and some years, I’ve found myself downright sad after the presents have been opened, the cookies eaten, the merry-making giving way to regular routine, life as usual.
But this year — how I want to keep the wonder…how I want the seed of joy born to us on Christmas to grow.
And, truly – isn’t this where our story really begins? The miracle did not cease with the birth of Christ – no, that holy night was just the start of the days that turned the world upside down. The wonder increases with every step He took, every compassionate word He spoke, every heart He healed…all the way to the Cross, all the way into the dark tomb, all the way into Resurrection Morning when Life dawned for all mankind in a way it never had before.
Wonder, every day, captures our hearts when we fully understand – He remains with us…the Great I Am, the King of Kings, the Prince of Peace…He said He would never leave us. And because He came, we are welcome in the presence of God. Because He came, His own Spirit lives within us. He changed us – and is still transforming us into His own image..can we even begin to comprehend the Creator of all working in us, bringing us ever-closer to His heart?
As we get back into the swing of regular schedules and plan for the coming year, can we remember this? Every day is extraordinary because we have the honor and privilege of living it while we abide in Him! Our ‘normal’ days may not be wrapped in anything sparkling or fancy, but isn’t this the way of a King in common swaddling clothes? He came to redeem and restore these hours, these bodies, this earth. He came to bring joy and light into our every-day world…His marvelous love and life dwells within our every-day kind of hearts.
So, yes, December 25th has come and gone…but He still remains. His good and perfect gifts, they remain. His love and faithfulness to us – they remain.
So hold onto hope, for our Savior has set us free. Live with His Words of truth. Walk in wonder, every single day, with eyes and ears (and heart) open to Jesus. This is true joy and it is ours, always.