The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all theyhad heard and seen, as it had been told them. Luke 2:20
A new year begins with the sights and sounds of our Christmas celebrations still vivid in our memories. And I think it would be most appropriate to model those shepherds. They went back to their flocks, back to work, back to the ‘real world’ but they weren’t the same. They went back ‘glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen.’
We all have to return to more ‘normal’ routines as well, but don’t let the everyday noise drive out the wonder of the star, the angels and babe lying in the manger. Even now I treasure the sights and sounds we have shared. I loved the Sunday School program, and hearing the youngest children sing of the ‘Friendly Beasts’, the men’s choir sing “O Holy Night”, hearing the Christmas bells ring, I keep humming the tune to “My Deliverer” and reliving the sights and sounds of all God’s children coming together for that morning.
I always love the candlelight of Christmas Eve, and hearing the voices of the congregation unite in the familiar old carols. It’s always fun to see families gather, and share the joy of Christmas morning, and few days of break from the regular routines. But most of all there is that story of the Word made flesh. There is the announcement a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This Good News changes everything. Let’s resolve to begin this New Year glorifying and praising God, and living each day knowing that the one who comes as the light of the world, will always be more powerful than the darkness of this present age.
Pastor John Twiton