December #jammed: Grace, gifted.
Day 360: Yesterday’s Mess.
After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream.“Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said. “Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” Matthew 2:13
There are few things more embarrassing than “day after Christmas” trash. The unwrapping of all we received sits on the curb for all to see. It’s tree lawn sadness.
Jesus was whisked into the craziness of the world right away. Right after the wise men leave (which Biblically was a little bit after Jesus’ actual birthday), the Savior’s family had to flee. King Herod had lost his minded ordered a slaughter of baby boys (under the age of 2) out of a jealous rage that a new King of the Jews was born.
So off to Egypt they fled, and didn’t come back until that crazy king was dead.
The day after Christmas can feel a little exhausting. After all the build up and planning and celebrating and singing …we’re left in a vegetable like state until school and routines start back up in full swing after the new year.
What do we do with the days in between?
Let the story sink in. Stretch to see the tree lawn littered with trash.
We could be on the run tomorrow. On to life’s next big ordeal, suffering, or season. For today, let’s sit with Him, and let His love settle in. Let it sit on the curb for all to see, through the gratitude our life reflects this Christmas, the proof of all we’ve received.
FAther, Praise You for downtime with our families and friends at Christmas. Thank You for leaving space in our schedules to sit in Your presence. Forgive us for rushing into the commercialism of the holiday season, and help us to remember those who are less fortunate and lonely at Christmas. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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