HOW quickly all the excitement of Christmas dissipates. Now we have a New Year to look forward to,
HOW quickly all the excitement of Christmas dissipates. Now we have a New Year to look forward to, with all its broken resolutions and hopes which can be so easily dashed.
It’s not that I’m a pessimist — far from it — but on the whole that’s what we all experience and that’s probably why our excitement and enthusiasm for the New Year are so short-lived.
The new birth we celebrated at Christmas, however, is not something short-lived and is definitely not something which disappoints. All the hoo-ha surrounding Christmas often masks the real meaning, the real celebration.
The child whose birth we heralded along with the angels will, of course, grow up. And very soon we shall be thinking about his death and resurrection at Easter (horribly early this year!)
It undoubtedly seemed to his followers that all the hope had gone, that all the excitement had faded, and all so quickly.
But they did not reckon with the God who laughs at death and who simply wants us all to share his wonderful love and life.
The excitement still lives on, the celebration will never be over and the new life we saw in the stable at Bethlehem will be our own new life through the power and understanding of God.
So the message this New Year is simple — Don’t give up; it’s worth going on, even in times of seeming despair and hopelessness, because that’s where we find God closest and at his most supportive.
May God give you his grace and love throughout this New Year.