“And he will come to Zion as Redeemer, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression, says the Lord.”

Isaiah 59: 20 (Also read Luke 2: 1-20)

I always feel a sense of letdown on Christmas Day. The waiting is over – the family has arrived, the gifts are open, the meal is finished. All the preparations, the hustle and the bustle, the rushing, the doing, and even the just ‘being’ are now done. Now I must live with the day, knowing I cannot go back and finished that knitted gift or bake another batch of cookies, or buy those new ornaments for the tree. My journey is completed, and whether I have reached the manger, or just a worldly party, cannot now be changed.

Usually, I need to steal away for a few minutes on The Day. I need to re-center myself on the birth of the child, remind myself of the reason for these joyous celebrations, restore my inner peace and joy.

Most of all, I need to take some time to sit at the manger and simply adore, to allow myself to hear the angels and the archangels and the whole company of heaven singing with joy. And then, when I have bathed myself in the loving light of the child, I can say,

“Lord lettest now thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word, for mine eyes have seen thy salvation which thou has prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for Glory to thy people Israel.”

(Luke 2: 29-32)

The journey is over, but I have not reached the end. My new journey begins at this moment. My daily walk with Jesus has no end until I stand before him in glory.


Dear Lord, thank you for bringing me to this place. Thank you for this day. Thank you for coming into the world for me. Thank you for being my Savior.


God Bless You

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