All I Want For Christmas – Back to Normal Life

“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” – ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭2:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

 

Well, it is all over: the Christmas rush. The gatherings. The food. The shopping. The parties. The exchanges. The blur of the Christmas season. Now it is the tough part of clean up. Exchanging gifts. Watching kids or grandkids home from school. Emotional joys and concerns as life returns to a more normal routine.

 

Mary and Joseph had their baby. They completed the census. The had their party with the shepherds (and probably other relatives who were their for the census). They were getting back to this new normal then the Magi show up. Wise men from the east show up just when they were getting a baby routine going. After the bustle quieted down they were reminded this was not only a miraculous birth but a miraculous child. The Magi bring gifts and worship the Christ child who was born as prophets foretold.  

 

Sometimes after the bustle of Christmas we have to be reminded of the significance of the event. I always am less concerned with Easter Sunday worship attendance or Christmas Eve worship attendance. The believers who come the weeks following are ones who come to worship after the fanfare has gone. The ones who live out the love of the Jesus story are the believers who continue to worship him.

 

“When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back with their flocks, the work of Christmas begins: to find the lost, to heal the broken, to feed the hungry, to release the prisoner, to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among the people, to make music in the heart.” – Howard Thurman

May the Christmas story continue to live in your heart all year long.
 
In Christ’s love and service,
 

Pastor Paul Marzahn