Pastor Kyle Bitter - The First Sunday After Christmas - Sunday, December 26, 2021
I’d guess that over the last couple weeks at some point, you’ve probably heard the Christmas carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Maybe more than once. So, where are we in that carol right now? I think if you count it out, today would be the second day of Christmas. So, what are the presents? I think it’s two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree. Kind of odd gifts for the 21st century, but my question for you is this. Does today feel like the second day of Christmas with ten more days of celebrations to go…or does it kind of seem like Christmas is over? The gifts have been opened, the special worship services have already happened, relatives who live locally may have already gone home. Perhaps there are some Christmas gatherings coming yet this afternoon or in the upcoming week, but after that? After Christmas sales will start tomorrow, and you could probably even take down your tree and decorations in the next couple of days and people wouldn’t be surprised – you’re just making use of the vacation time. But according to the Christmas carol…it’s only the second day of Christmas, and even though “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a secular Christmas carol, the message it hints at is worth remembering – Christmas isn’t just one day. Christmas isn’t even just twelve days, for that matter, as it used to be celebrated in years past when that carol was written. If you Believe the Christmas Story and the promises attached to it, then you know that Christmas stands in the background of every day – even the “regular” days of ordinary life.
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