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.

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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.

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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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