Many years ago, my husband was choral director at a local high school, and one of the songs he chose for the Christmas concert that year was titled “The Twelve Days AFTER Christmas.” It was a cute song that the kids loved to sing. The first line went like this: “On the first day after Christmas my true love and I had a fight.” And on it went to describe how the author threw away all the gifts that had been given on the twelve days prior to Christmas. That performance got a lot of laughs and applause from the audience.
Following that theme, it is possible to have a wide range of emotions on the day(s) after Christmas when the hustle and bustle and busyness of the season wind down and we go back to our regular routine. We might experience a sense of relief, or feelings of sadness, or even anger that nothing has really changed and we are still caregivers working hard to care for our loved one.
And each of those emotions is justified, and perhaps even expected. However, after we give them their fleeting moment, this is a good day to focus on excitement for the future as we look toward 2022.
A fellow blogger posted a short poem yesterday about the future, and 2 lines caught my attention. If you have time, please go read it here and then read my thoughts on it.
First, I love the idea of “emerging possibilities.” We don’t know what will happen in 2022, but ideas and opportunities WILL emerge that will draw our attention and give us new outlets for our creativity and growth. Let’s make a pact to take those opportunities when they are presented to us. Who knows what good trouble we might get into in this next year!
And second, did you notice that the author repeats the phrase “light shines through”? Sometimes this world is a dark place. There is so much death, sickness, crime, suffering, and the list goes on. So much darkness. But this poet talks about how we can be the light that shines through that darkness to give hope to the world. Jesus is the light of the world, and HE came to earth to bring hope and light. Now that He is back in Heaven, I believe he has left US here on earth to be the light that shines through this darkness, pointing people to Himself. We can be the light that someone needs to see, to point them to God.
On this first day after Christmas, I am excited to watch for emerging possibilities today, this week, and into 2022. And I want to be the light that points someone to Jesus who is the Light of the World.
What about you, my friend? I’m praying for you today, even if I don’t know you by name.