The warm glow of Christmas is still on our faces as we go back out into the cold cruel world. Perhaps this year we have cycled deeper into the Christmas Story and have gotten a better understanding of how our story fits into Jesus' story. Maybe we caught a glimpse of how the forces of evil will fight God's love tooth and nail, and maybe we are more prepared to resist those forces.
As we go back to work today, I hope we can remember how the shepherds came and saw Jesus in the manger and went back to work forever changed. Maybe this year after our trip to the manger we can be changed in some significant way.
Maybe we can keep the candle of Chistmas lit in our hearts a little longer than we did last year. How will Christmas change us this year? It might take us until next Christmas to figure that out.
"Almighty God you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one Go, now and for ever. Amen." [The Book of Common Prayer, 213]
The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek