Text: Matthew 2:13-23
It’s the day after and for the most part Christmas is over. At least that is the message of our culture. All the presents have been unwrapped. Within the next week store shelves will be filled with Valentine candy and cards. The leftovers from Christmas brunch, lunch and/or dinner stare us in the face every time we open the refrigerator door. If you are like me, on this day after, your clothes are a bit more snug from eating too many cookies, slices of cake, and pieces of fudge. Maybe by now you have had some time, if only briefly, to reflect on Christmas day. The gift you gave that held special meaning. The gift you received that was unexpected. The conversation with a family member that surprised you. The unusual feeling you got when a particular word was spoken or gesture made. On this day after Christmas Day maybe you are wondering about just how it all went. Did you meet the expectations of those you love and care for? Did you do too much? Not enough? Did I honor the true meaning of the day?
It is not uncommon after big and important events for our emotions to run the full gamut of feelings. The excitement and anticipation give way to tiredness, even exhaustion. What seemed like a good idea at the time can, on second thought, leave you feeling unsure or uncomfortable. Significant events, especially holidays, can bring such a mixture of emotions such as relief, sadness, contentment, disappointment, and happiness that we feel like we are riding an emotional rollercoaster.