I met Lois almost 50 years ago. Lois could be the poster girl for the tag line of my website. Lois lives with passion, purpose & peace. Given the enthusiasm & energy with which she embraces Christmas her post on Facebook last week caught my attention.
Lois said :
I’m In That Space
Between Christmas & New Years
Where You Don’t Know
What Day It Is
Who You Are
What You Are Supposed To Be Doing
Her statement echoes my own experience as we enter 2016.
I’m disheartened by the flyers offering bargain basement prices for the items I paid full price for just two weeks ago.
I am resisting looking at all the diet infomercials.
Taking out the shiny 2016 day planner feels exhausting.
I am caught up on the challenge to read the New Testament in 30 days but am 1500 words behind in the 500 Words per day writing schedule.
I wonder how Mary felt 10 days after the birth of Jesus.
Mary’s new normal consisted of a new town, a new baby & few prospects.
Mary’s new normal was definitely new but definitely not nice.
The Shepherds had gone back to their fields.
Was Mary wondering what was that all about?
Was she still pondering the Shepherds story about singing angels & bright lights in the sky?
Was this little family still living in the stable or had they ungraded their accommodations?
We have come through those dull days between Christmas & New Years.
We walked through those days when the lights on the houses that shone so bright on Christmas Eve now look dull & tired.
We got back to normal -school, work, relationships & problems on Monday January 4.
Many of us feel that nothing has changed.
We feel we missed Christmas.
We are disappointed.
We are disappointed in ourselves .
We may have the courage to admit that we are disappointed in God.
But the truth is :
Angels Still Sing
Glory to God In the Highest
And On Earth
Peace & Goodwill Toward Men
Shepherds Were Told
Do Not Be Afraid !
I Bring You Good Tidings of Great Joy
Which Will Be To All People
For On That Day In The City of David
A Savior Was Born
His Name Is Jesus!
I have seen your salvation.
It’s out in the open for everyone to see
A God-revealing light for everyone.
God’s Spirit Is On Me.
He Has Chosen Me
To Preach the Message
Good News to the Poor
He Sent Me to Announce
Pardon for Prisoners
Recovery of Sight to the Blind
To Set the Burdened & Battered Free!
This Is God’s Year to Act !
Choose to resolve not to make any resolutions.
Choose to come to your meeting place- your journal.
Choose to talk to Jesus about your disappointments
Choose to talk to Jesus about your new or your ‘getting very old ‘normal .
Choose to listen for his Words for you in 2016.
This Is God’s Year to Act
The Year of Always Christmas
And Never Winter !