The day after Christmas wouldn’t be the same. After the day of celebration here goes the mourning. The bitter past still haunts you like there’s never been a change.
Yesterday, I just had attended a Christmas Eve Church Service. The message of the preacher was good. We should be seeking Jesus in the first place this season because he is the reason.
Looking back throughout the year, I had several pieces of crumpled paper from my planner, with the memories of bitterness that I have been through. Re-reading it all throughout making me think that it wasn’t an easy year,
Everyday, I return to the same room, seeing the same things. Nothing has changed except for the books that have piled up on my desk. The streets were so busy yesterday, you’ll be hearing kids singing outside, asking for gifts.
But what happened the day after Christmas? The room was clean again. No one’s making a noise and everyone’s back to their work as if nothing really happened.
But the day after Christmas always teases: Next year will be better.
Have you ever said that to yourself? That after all the pain and difficulties you’ve faced this year, after Christmas makes us be hopeful for the next year. But sometimes.
It lies. What if you could have done that? If you had only what you wanted.
You think back to the days that you can never bring back. Full of regrets from the past is haunting you down.
The day after Christmas seems a lament for those who understand life. It seems like the spirit of Christmas was only for a day. We became child-like as the Christmas day approaches. We were excited because a baby comes into this world to bring an everlasting joy, peace, and hope.
But what happened after the day before Christmas? We returned mourning. We waited again and again, for the hope that Christmas brings. What happens to the joy that the child brought into this world? It felt like we were still waiting.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. (Excerpt from the Bible in Matthew 2:9–16)
Did the shepherds felt the same way? After they have seen the baby in the manger and brought the gifts. Was that all? All we have been waiting for? A baby in the manger?
When the glory faded from the face of Moses. Was that all?
Every year we made sacrifices. Everyday we live to die. And we need to bid farewell to each Christmas.
But here’s one thing for the final blow:
The after Christmas blues will come and go as the years passed because we live by faith and not by sight and the glory of Christ will never fade.
What’s after Christmas day looks like for you?
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