It got to me. Just a few simple words. But they got to me.

I read them and they went something like this…Christmas, It’s all put away!

And I thought, No. No, please don’t put it all away. Let Christmas linger!

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Now I know what they meant. They had a feeling of accomplishment. The tree was down, the clutter of gatherings was cleared. I’m not here to ask you to leave out your decorations. Besides, Christmas can come without a single tree being decorated; without a single gift being bought. Of that I am certain!

The Christmas I would like to have linger is the adoration of the One whose birth we celebrate.

I want to linger in the miracle of a virgin birth.

I want to linger in the bravery of a virgin Mary.

I want to linger in the faith of Joseph.

I want to linger in the Hope of Jesus!

Christmas. We rush to it and through it many times. We rush to get prepared and we rush to get rid of the signs of preparation. We rush to it and through it and even forget the reason for our celebration. Mary, Jesus mother, sets the example I want my heart to follow during these weeks ahead as the New Year approaches.  

“They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.”

Luke 2:16-20

The shepherds came in a hurry! They celebrated the birth and proclaimed His glory!

And Mary kept all these things in her heart!
And thought of them often!
As we, like the shepherds return to our flocks, let us do so with a heart like Mary!
A heart filled with Jesus, thinking of Him often. Let Christmas linger in our hearts!
Will you join me in letting Christmas linger?
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