I always get a little depressed when Christmas is over. Now what, I ask myself?
The gifts are open. The money is spent. The tree is smashed. The cookies are stale. The food is in my stomach. The pounds are on. And the work is piling up on my desk.
Why did I get all wrapped up into this Christmas thing anyway?
Then, as I sulk in my post-mortem, I remember that Christmas isn’t the ending, it’s the beginning. It’s the beginning of a story of redemption. And thank God that story didn’t stop in a stable in Bethlehem.
Nick and I were recently debating over which is the greatest Christian holiday. Nick was torn, but he settled on Christmas. The reason? In his words, “without Christmas, there would be no Easter.”
He makes a good point. And if Christmas is the beginning, that also means it’s time to move on. When I put things in context, I’m really glad it’s the morning after. Now that Christmas is over, we can learn from the past, but we also get to see the rest of the story unfold.
As I look toward 2010, I’m reminded of yet another beginning – a new year that lies ahead with new stories to unfold, and new mercies every morning. So as I prepare for the new year, I plan to reflect on 2009 – the highs, the lows, the lessons learned, and even the moments of redemption.
What will 2010 bring for you, and what moments of 2009 deserve some reflection?