The day after Christmas.
When I was little, it was just about the most depressing day of the year!
After all the excitement, the presents, the Christmas Carols, the parties, the cookies, the movies and all the traditions, now…it’s over.
Thud. Period. The end.
The thing is, IF Christmas was only about these things, then that would be all there is–and that really IS depressing!
But, alas, that’s not it.
Christmas is about much more.
Christmas is about Christ Jesus, and Jesus (as you know) did not stay a ‘baby in a manger’. Rather, He “grew in wisdom, and stature, and favor with God and men” (Luke 2:52) and, once He began His public ministry, He taught all who would listen about the heart of God, and how to please Him, love Him, worship Him, and follow His will. Jesus, you probably know, would go on to fulfill His ultimate calling–the ‘Main Reason’ He came to earth at Christmastime–to ‘give His life as a ransom for many’ (Matthew 20:28), then conquered death and the grave! He is still alive!
The Light of the world is still here!
For those of us who have placed our faith in Him, acknowledged Him for who He is (Savior and Lord), and surrendered their lives to Him, He is the Source of meaning, direction, hope, power, love, security…the list could go on!
Now THOSE are gifts that ‘keep on giving’, and THAT is reason to celebrate.
So “Happy Day-After-Christmas, and Merry rest-of-the-year. Even when Christmas is over, the Light of the World is still here!” (Matthew West: “Happy Day-After-Christmas”)
Consider and Discuss:
Do you get ‘depressed’ because Christmas is over?
Do you, personally understand the ‘gifts’ that Jesus gives?
How do those gifts help you make it through ‘the Day-After-Christmas’, and the rest of the year?
Activity: Listen to the Song “Day After Christmas” by Matthew West