Keeping Christmas With Us…

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. Charles Dickens

Meditation: In Germany we are celebrating a second Holiday of Christmas, while in the US life often goes on as usual and Americans have to return to work. However, one day of Holy Day cheer is not enough. Some of us experience the shortness of the Christmas Day as disappointing. Kids try to hold on by playing with their new toys for several days. Adults light the Christmas tree the moment they get back home from work and put on some Christmas music. We don’t want this Christmas time to be so short. We do enjoy these hours when celebration, friendship and family come first. One of the secrets of Christmas is to “honor it in our hearts”. Yes, we cherish our relationships, our family and friends, the memories of precious time shared. And as Christians we especially also honor this gift of God coming into our human experience, of God being with us, of God being close. Keeping these gifts with us: holding on to precious memories and to the awareness of God’s presence with us gives us the hope and the peace we need. And we try to keep those with us all year.

Prayer: Gracious God, thank You that Christmas is not over, only because our daily life kicks back in. Thank You that You are a God of daily life and not only holy, set apart moments. We want to savor and hold onto the precious time of Christmas. Remind us to honor Christmas and its meaning in our hearts, so that we can access it all year round. Amen

Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. Revelation 21:3