Have you boxed up all the Christmas decorations yet? A neighbor of mine, from a few years ago, didn’t put away his inflatable Christmas characters for weeks after Christmas. They sat, deflated, along with a light-up manger scene, in his front yard, a quiet tribute to the season that had passed. We had some faithful workers turn out at the church, after we celebrated Epiphany, to put away all of our seasonal decorations until next year. The first Sunday without them was a little strange, without the lights and the Christmas tree; I was no longer surrounded by the cover of all the season’s stuff.

There’s a poem by Howard Thurman that says:

When the song of the angels is stilled.

When the star in the sky is gone.

When the kings and the shepherds have found their way home.

The work of Christmas is begun.

It’s true. Now, as we go back to normal life, the reality of the incarnation is known. Here, in daily living, we know Christ has come among us, to show us a new way, to save us, to announce the in-breaking of God’s kingdom. The decorations may be boxed away, but the gift of Christmas is not.

Grace & peace,

Jason Jones