I want Christmas back!! The days ahead now seem so…ORDINARY.
This Advent and Christmas season was the richest, most joyful, most meaningful I have ever known, and I so desperately didn’t want it to end. I don't want to lose it. I crave perpetual Advent and endless Christmas.
I long to keep the excited skip in my heartbeat just thinking about a sky glowing with heavenly angels singing praises to God.
I want to always be humbled and amazed by this miracle called Emmanuel. GOD is WITH US!
Lately I have felt as though I’m waking up from a blissful dream and I’m fighting tooth and nail to drift off again and reenter that dream. Oh please – can’t I just stay there at the manger? Can’t I just lay on the hillside hearing all of heaven singing? Can’t I just live forever in this joyful phenomenon?
Well, yes and no.
The calendar says the days set aside to celebrate and remember Christmas are over, and “normal” life has been making an unwelcome comeback for many days now. It’s dragging me (kicking and screaming) back into the usual crazy routine.
But surely I can live each day of the year with that miraculous joy in my heart, can’t I?
It doesn’t have to fade away at the start of a new year, does it?
I can still behold this wondrous Child and cradle Him in my heart. I can still turn my mind each day toward the knowledge that GOD stooped toward a sinful world with love and became like us so that He could save us.
That’s the point. He came to save us, and that’s why I can’t exactly have perpetual Advent and endless Christmas. The manger was only the beginning; the means to the end. Without that end, it might be reduced to just a lovely story or a fairytale.
But remember, even fairytales have dragons,
and ours had to be slain and destroyed forever.
The baby in Mary’s arms made the dragon tremble with fear;
the Man would vanquish the fiery beast for all eternity.
It is no fairytale. It is our miraculous victory.
I can’t just sit dreamily beneath my Christmas tree all year because this Love story doesn’t end there. And thank God for it!
Yet I still long for the purer heart I experienced this Christmas to remain with me, even as I see the joyful season fading. The tree must now come down, the lights put away, the decorations back in their boxes, and the remnants of the holiday swept up.
Except, I think, for my nativity scene.
These ordinary days can seem so uninspired. Thus I intend to keep starting at the beginning. Purposefully and decisively, my heart’s aim will be to carry the infant Jesus within me, with all the joy and awe and wonder that surrounds Him,
even as I continue walking through the rest of the amazing story. It may not be easy, but I want to keep Christmas in my heart.
What about you?