I know that Christmas is over, but I’ve been thinking a lot about the shepherds in the Christmas story lately. We all know that a host of angels appeared to the shepherds and told them about the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The shepherds were thrilled with the news and told many others about what they had seen and heard. That impressed me.
But verse 20 is what struck me this year. “Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen.” (Luke 2:17 NIV) They returned to their sheep and resumed their former lowly lives, accept for one thing – they continued “glorifying and praising God . . .”
A question shot through my mind. What do I do after Christmas? When things return to “normal” after the holidays, what do I do with Jesus? Do I wrap Him up in tissue paper, so to speak, pack Him away and forget about Him like I do my delicate Tree ornaments? Or do I continue to glorify and praise Him like the shepherds did?
I’m happy to report that I don’t pack Him away and forget Him, but I have to admit that He doesn’t always get as much attention from me as He does during the Christmas season. We often here the saying: “Let’s keep Christ in Christmas.” This year I plan to modify that saying to “Keep Christ first and foremost in 2012,” and continue to glorify and praise Him often. I hope you will, too. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Heavenly Father, thank You for the precious lessons you teach us from Your Holy Word. I surrender my life to you once again in 2012 and will strive to spend more time glorifying and praising You. In Jesus Name. Amen.
By Donna J. Howard