an you believe it? They say it’s over. Christmas is over. So, what am I doing with a Christmas post in the middle of January? In truth most are recovering from the season of excess and bit glad to put it behind them…
The decorations have been neatly stored away… until later this year. We are half-way through January now and the only lingering traces of the season lie quietly in a manger. And really, why is that… why is He just a decoration. Why do we feel the only time to bring Him out, celebrate the virgin birth, is during this specific time we have conveniently allotted. Just this small window dedicated to the gospel, the Living word. Do we use Him just when we need Him? Searching for Him in the dark cool corners where we have intentionally, yet lovingly placed HIm away. Only to pull Him out when we are ready and suitably prepared to celebrate His truth.
I just couldn’t bring myself to stow it away. With every pass and glance over~ I couldn’t help but think of how we “put away” Christmas… How it only seems to “come once a year”.
My youngest keeps asking if it is still Christmas. Funny how our walk with Christ changes our thinking, our responses to this life.
I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. Proverbs 8:17
This year, this point in my journey, I can’t help but tell her, “no”. Christmas is not over. As a matter of fact, TODAY is Christmas. As I see the glimmer in her eye… I explain that YES, today IS Christday and yesterday was Christday. As a matter of fact, two weeks ago just happened to be Christday. And, when it starts to warm up outside and shades of green will begin to replace the brittle cover, then too it will be Christmas. Excuse me, Christday. Now, obviously a bit of bewilderment and disappointment in her little eyes, but it’s about planting seeds, right?
So, why is it that we “get out” and “put away” Christmas? When we should be celebrating Christ and the cross everyday.
More than ever before, I noticed this season held great controversy. With articles and post asking if we christians were celebrating pagan holidays or the gospel? My spirit tells me things will only grow heavier with decisions, suffering and sacrifice. I was pulled back and forth. I am certain is was a spiritual battle. One thing He has graciously taught me…
“but test them all; hold on to what is good, As I seek Christ asking for His knowledge” 1 Thessalonians 5:21
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” 2 Timothy 3:16
As I continue to seek Christ and His knowledge, I trust that as I grow He will reveal in His timing. In the meantime I will rest in His grace and choose to celebrate Christ everyday… rejoicing in the precious birth of my Savior and the true gift, the Cross.
Well, He had to come so He could go to the cross for us. So why not celebrate His birth all year round, as a reminder of what He did for us.