Some of the poinsettias I got for the altar have withered. I had hoped they would last longer. But the Christmas services are ended, the presents have been opened, family visitors have come and gone. I guess Christmas is over. Liturgically, we will celebrate this feast through the end of February, but emotionally its over. It needn’t be.
What we have waited for and hoped for; to witness the birth of Jesus, of Emmanuel, of “God-with-us” has come. This is not a one day a year thing. We can extend it as long as we wish. The hope, the generosity, the Joy of this season is still available to us. The family who came to visit are still out there, we could call them or visit them for no reason other than we want to. The generosity of the season is still available to us. The needy in the community are still needy. We could remember them in January as well as in December. The hope and the joy that filled our hearts has not withered; in faith it flourishes still. God is with us in January too, God is near to us. Let’s pitch our tent in Bethlehem and stay a while longer.
Rev. Ray Bonin