Most of the Christmas lights and decorations are now down around town, and the majority of stores are now focused on the holidays that come after Christmas. We’re at a stage in the Church year when our focus shifts away from Christ’s birth to a visit from the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12).
Many Christians who follow the traditional Church year take down their Christmas tree and other decorations at Epiphany. While it’s always a little sad to see the tree come down, maybe it helps to look at it as being symbolic of looking forward to the next great things God will do for us.
Some of us have made resolutions that we may or may not keep (I know I could use some help in that department). Just as we remember the past year but look to the promises of the new year, we should also look to the new promises God promises to all.
It’s easy to get to caught up in the story of Christmas and not give a thought to the (coming early this year) Lenten and Holy Week observances. After all, a baby Jesus is safer for some to remember than a betrayed, crucified Savior.
However, let’s make a resolution not to get stuck in neutral where the Gospel is concerned. God is continually doing too many new things for us to keep things under wraps.