If your living room looked like mine yesterday, torn Christmas paper, bows, and bags were strewn around in the aftermath of opening presents. Cinnamon rolls and coffee had been consumed and the preparation for Christmas dinner begun. My daughter joined us from North Carolina, which added to the laughter and festivities of the day.
After Jesus’ birth, not much is recorded in the Gospels about his life until his adult ministry. One of the few stories is about his family’s trip to Jerusalem for purification rites, which included a sacrifice at the temple, after Jesus’ birth and circumcism. Here they encounter the elderly man Simeon. His beautiful prayer is recorded in Luke.
Now that we have celebrated the Messiah’s birth, what is the condition of our hearts? Do we see our salvation anew? In the New Year, will our light shine for all the world to see?
Or do we merely have a house filled with opened gifts, leftover food, and the aftermath of festivities?
The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Luke 2:33
Oh Lord, may our hearts marvel today and every day at your greatest present ever to mankind—your Son Jesus. Help us to keep our focus on shining His light into the world as we strive to die to self and the materialism surrounding us. May your name always be on our lips and in our hearts as we go into the New Year. In Jesus' name, Amen.
© Laura Hodges Poole
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