The story has been read. The presents have been opened. The meal has been eaten. Time with family has come and gone. So now what?
Joseph and Mary must have felt the same. After a much-anticipated event in our lives we tend to settle in to the “mundane.” But, are our lives as Christians mundane or are they filled with the joy of our King? I believe this all depends on our focus. Take a moment to read Psalm 43.
“Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause
against an ungodly people,
from the deceitful and unjust man
2 For you are the God in whom I take refuge;
why have you rejected me?
Why do I go about mourning
because of the oppression of the enemy?
3 Send out your light and your truth;
let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
and to your dwelling!
4 Then I will go to the altar of God,
to God my exceeding joy,
and I will praise you with the lyre,
O God, my God.
5 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.”
Did you notice that the Psalmist here corrects himself? He is the one who tells himself to “Hope in God.” For the moments leading up to it he allows his emotions to dictate his thoughts and impact his relationship with God. This is tempting for all of us. To allow our feelings to determine our position as sons and daughters of the most-high God, whom he has loved with a sacrificial love.
So, now what? What will we do, now that our Savior has come? How will we live? Who will we bless? Will we continue to show God’s love to the world? Will we continue to sing “O Come let us adore Him”? Shall we continue as though nothing has happened and we are without hope?
I pray that even amidst the trash, open boxes, leftovers and maybe even loneliness that we, God’s people, the Church would live as though our Savior has come. He is here, Emmanuel. Promising never to leave or forsake us.
“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b)