IT’S OVER – NOW WHAT?

All the time and preparation leading up to Christmas can lead to a full-blown bout of depression.  Today, all the hub bub of Christmas has come to a standstill.  There are still cookies in the freezer.  Presents have been opened snowmen and Santas sitting on the front lawn?

During this time, many folks crawl into a cocoon of self-preservation.  They turn inward and focus on not being hurt by the depression of post-Christmas syndrome.  The protection of those silk threads acts as a suit of armor against feelings of loneliness, sadness, loss of a relationship or job and returning to the ho-hum of everyday life. It’s like a big letdown, but it doesn’t have to be.

When the house is empty of all the laughter and you can hear a pin drop, you know that Christmas is over, but is it? We’ve watched all the Christmas movies, enjoyed playing board games and just being together for a few hours, a few special moments, a few days. Then suddenly it comes to an abrupt end. Now the memories linger, but soon they will be gone too. As we get older, those memories become more treasured, because we know our days are numbered. It’s a quick recipe for sadness, loneliness and depression to set it.

Jesus was born more than a couple thousand years ago, but we still celebrate His birthday. There has to be something in that. One child who grew into a man and sacrificed His life for humanity, so that the clutches of sin would no longer torment us. I would say that’s reason enough to celebrate. The even bigger picture is that it didn’t end with His death. He overcame death and made it possible for us to also have the promise of eternal life with Him.

When all the decorations come down and the tree is sitting on the curb, we should still be enjoying the afterglow of that amazing birthday. Without Christmas, there is no hope for a future. Without Christmas, the love we share on that day would not exist. Without Christmas there is no peace on earth. Christmas can be a difficult time, because it stirs thoughts of the past and fears for the future, but our Savior reminds us that He’s got our lives all mapped out for us and we have nothing to fear.  We can be sure that it’s all for our good.

Instead of wrapping yourself in hopelessness, let Christmas live in your life every day of the year.  Sharing the great news with others is the best gift you’ll ever give because the return on sharing that gift will fill your heart with joy.

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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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8 Responses to IT’S OVER – NOW WHAT?

  1. I love your posts, Kathy. This one is especially wonderful.

    Every day we can celebrate the birth of Jesus in our hearts. Praise His Holy Name!!

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  3. That’s just one reason why I carry on with Christmas verses until the New Year and then the Christmas message everyday in His Living Word!!! 😉 Truth and AMEN! 👍💗🕊📖😇 The HOPE never dies!

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  4. Powerful and encouraging testament! May each of us wrap the gifts of Christmas around our daily lives. Hope, peace, joy, and love breathe alongside us every day.

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