"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6
The day after Christmas … the presents are opened, and there is nothing under the tree. For some, the day after Christmas is a letdown; for others, a sense of relief.
So today is December 26, Boxing Day in the UK, and much of the Commonwealth. Traditionally, it was a day off for servants and a day they would receive a special gift (a Christmas Box) from their masters. They in turn would go home and give Christmas boxes to their family on this day.
Boxing Day is not a tradition in the U.S. but perhaps we could take a page from the Boxing Day book and tweak it a bit. Perhaps we could take one more day out of our life … today, tomorrow, the next … and look for one more person to bless … with a gift, some food, a smile.
Ironically, we are happiest when we aren’t focused on ourselves. May you be a blessing to someone in the next few days.
Happy Boxing Day!
Christmas 2020 may look very different for many of us this year. I know in my family, it will be the first Christmas without my father with us. Many of you who have lost loved ones this year will be experiencing the same thing. For others, it will be the inability to celebrate with extended family, or the inability to celebrate in the manner you would like to because of lack of money.
Whatever your Christmas celebration looks like this year, I would like to remind us all of one thing that someone reminded me of recently: the reason for Christmas—the birth of the savior of the world—has not changed. And perhaps this year because gatherings are smaller or not happening at all—perhaps this year—more than any other—in the quietness of our homes—we will be able to focus on Him.
I would like to share with you a new Christmas song by Francesca Battistelli that was due to be released in 2019 but God stepped in and put a hold on Francesca’s heart. You can read about this “pause in release” and hear the song if you click on the link below. It is wonderful and yes, all so appropriate for this year. ( I added a second link straight to the song in case the one on the website failed to work.)
Jody Eileen Solinski spent her career teaching in the California public school system where she enjoyed helping young adults take their place in society. A native Californian, she enjoys the outdoors and so loves living in Northern California where she can enjoy the beauty of God’s creation up close.