Family Sabbath Sunday
The Day After
17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
All too often, (and understandably so) the day after Christmas brings about a decompression. The shopping is done, the presents are opened, the big family meal is eaten…..so what next? Do we just resent the clock in preparation for next Christmas? Maybe there is something greater scripture can teach us about the day after.
“We don’t need to be told new ideas as much as we need to be reminded of old truths.”
1- What is an “old truth”, that would be wise to think through the day after Christmas?
Reacting To The Day After
Take time to Ponder
-Think carefully and slowly about what the incarnation of Jesus meant and still means for you today
-Spend some time in reflection and conversation on what it would have been like to see the Messiah as a baby
Take time to Praise
–The angels declared the glory of the new Messiah, one of our responses to the birth of Jesus should be one of praise
-Spend some time personally and as a family going around and offering up Praise to God for the birth of Jesus
-Remember that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him
Take time to Proclaim
-Jesus did indeed come to save you, but He equally came to save the world; our goal is to not only praise His name, but also proclaim it to the world
-Take a moment to discuss some people in your circle that you as a family could begin praying for and proclaiming the good news of Jesus to over the next year
-How could you take on a family driven effort to see people meet Jesus in your community?