December 26, 2019

Today is a very depressing day for me. Not because I have to go back to work – I love my job. It’s depressing because Shannon is a woman on a mission. She always puts up our Christmas decorations early and as soon as Christmas is over, she takes them down.

This afternoon, when I get home from the church, the house will not be filled with glittery, festive decorations that reflect the light from the fireplace and proclaim Jesus has come.

Instead, I will walk into a home that seems drab compared to what it was for Christmas. For me, it will be a reminder that life has returned to the ordinary and mundane. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

The joy of Christmas and all that it means is not restricted to a few weeks out of the year. It is something we carry with us forever. It’s what gives life true meaning and happiness. This news is too good to stow away in a box until the next Christmas rolls around. It is something that permeates and marinates every day for the better. Jesus has come.

This is why Paul, who experienced the extreme highs and lows over life, was able to say, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)

The good news of Jesus coming into the world does not end when we box up the Christmas tree and take the lights off the house, it continues to influence every day for the better. That shows how good God is.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, fill my heart with the joy of Christmas. Let me carry it forever. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

The joy we experience at Christmas only ends if we let it. Don’t let that happen.

Also, just for the record, I’ve got to get out of the house extra early this morning because, as Shannon looks at everything she wants to get out of the house, I don’t want her to see me. That may give her ideas.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins