Christmas Resolutions

Posted by Ann Urinoski on

New Year's Day has passed, and we are reaching the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Our season of Christmas is followed by the Feast of the Epiphany, which commemorates the Three Kings, or Magi, arriving to visit the baby Jesus. While the Shepherds were called by an angel, the Magi followed a bright, shining star to visit the new king. Their story is a story of people who came to visit the Christ Child from far beyond the world immediately around him. It reminds us when Jesus was born, when Love came down, everything changed, even before the occurrence of all the events in Christ's life that shaped Christianity: Jesus' travels, teachings, and miracles; and later, his death, resurrection, and ascension.

In our world today, the Feast of the Epiphany closely follows the New Year. It is a season of resolutions, when we make promises to seek to better ourselves. Gym membership and attendance peak! Coming out of the Christmas season, our resolution as Christians should be to remember the Love that came down with the birth of the Christ Child and to carry that light into the world. The Feast of the Epiphany is about light too; the Magi followed the light of a bright, shining star in order to encounter the infant Christ Child, the Light of the World.

As we enjoy this season of new beginnings and cold dark winter nights, a good resolution for us, as Christians and light-bearers, would be to discern how we might love better in this New Year. This Epiphany-tide, Ruth, Stephen, and I hope to explore this very topic. How can we resolve to better follow the footsteps of Jesus and sow love better in a world that always needs it?

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