Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
One of the interesting things about Christmas is how soon it’s all over. Little more than a week from today it will be done. I’ll write my last Advent entry, we’ll all open presents, and the “shopping days” countdown will be reset for 2015. Sure there will be a few stray parties and post-holiday sales, but Christmas 2014 will be history. In Luke 2:20 it says, “The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” The important thing to remember is that the shepherds went back to being shepherds. They had to take their amazing experience of the birth of Jesus back to their mundane lives and figure out how to merge the two. It’s the same for us. The key for all who have any kind of experience of Jesus Christ is to follow the shepherds’ example. They were “glorifying and praising” their way forward in life, even though they were not relieved of their station in life, which, by the way, was a low one. If Advent and Christmas mean anything to us, we have to hold on to them all year long. Though the tasks and problems of our daily lives sometimes seem immune to and unchanged by whatever we go through spiritually, the change we experience on the inside can be real and significant. If shepherds can do it, so can we. We can be what’s changed the most about our lives. The shepherds didn’t win the lottery or even get better jobs after meeting Jesus, but they did gain their souls and a new song.
Lord, thank you for the ordinary life you’ve given me. Help me to live for You in the midst of it every day of the year. Give me the faith and vision to glorify and praise You through everything. Thank You, Father God, for Jesus Christ, Who, by Your Spirit, has changed everything about me, even though it sometimes looks like nothing else in my world has followed suit. Whatever time I’m in, let me remember that I’m Yours forever. Amen.