The Week Ends
I love Fridays — but I am startled how fast the first Friday of this new year arrived. Seriously. I am still recovering from the shock of how fast 2023 ended.
I remember, it was Labor Day, and then BAM! it was Thanksgiving, and holy smoke, everything is over and I am packing up the few Christmas decorations I put out even before Epiphany!
Somehow, I wanted a cleaner slate.
Not Everything Ends
Except for the tree; I left our artificial tree up. Because, we still need a little Christmas.
For some reason I thought of Anna and Simeon. I am glad Luke put them in his Nativity narrative. They show me that God made a way to bless and encourage an old man and an old woman in their dark times — and ours.
Even though our decorations have been partially packed away, I am hanging on to the gifts of Hope, Love, Joy and Peace that I believe the Lord lavished on us — Sometimes they were wrapped up in packages I didn’t want to open —but there they were.
More light than we can learn,
More wealth than we can treasure.
More love than we can earn,
More peace than we can measure,
Because one Child is born.
As the first week of 2024’s ends — Happy beginning of Epiphany . . . Sending love and prayers dear reader as we both unwrap the gift each day is
Lord Jesus, on the church calendar, today—January 6th, is the day many Christians honor as “Epiphany.” It’s a celebration of the inextinguishable light of the Gospel breaking into the pervasive darkness of our world—the day Bethlehem’s star led the “wise men” to eternity’s King . . .
~ Scotty Smith