Well, it’s finally over.
I don’t know about you, but once the celebration of Christmas is completed, I am done. Frankly, I don’t personally want to see any more twinkling lights or hear any more holiday songs, especially ones about Santa and reindeer. I am quite content to put Christmas in the rear view mirror.
Now I have to admit, I have an ulterior motive for that personally. Honestly, for anyone who is suffering, Christmas is especially hard. If you have a loved one who is no longer with you, the celebration of Christmas only accentuates that sense of loss.
Christmas marks the passing of time
I am not exactly sure why Christmas causes such emotions. Perhaps it’s because so many December memories that you did not even know you had are activated.
But it is also because each Christmas is a marker of time. It is an indication that another year has passed.
I don’t know how 2009 was for you. Maybe it was a banner year. Maybe it was a difficult year. Maybe it was the hardest year of your life. Or perhaps it was a combination of some of those. Whatever it was, this year is almost gone, and soon it will be time to venture into another year.
So I say goodbye to the sad memories, as well as the happy ones, and I put Christmas in the rear-view mirror.
Looking ahead to Christ
But at the same time, I also look forward to what God has ahead for us all this coming year.
Let’s not forget the message we heard so many times this Christmas: Immanuel, God with us. We are not alone. The Lord will guide us this year, just as He did the last.
Yes, Christmas is in my rear-view mirror, but Christ Himself is front and center. And He is the One I am looking to this coming year.
How ’bout you?