Lord,

Everyone’s acting like Christmas is over.

But it’s not.

After all, how can the birth of Your Son into our midst on our behalf be contained by just a day on the calendar? It can’t. How can the hope You sent be limited to the opening of presents? It can’t. How can the work of Christmas last for just 24 hours? It can’t.

Use the coming days of this Season of Christmas to soften my heart, cultivate my curiosity and ponder the Good News of a Great Joy. Help me to be like the angels and the shepherds and the magi and seek out the newborn King. Enable what You did long ago to be so real today that it changes what I do everyday.

But more than anything else, may my Savior and the world’s Savior be born into my life every day in the coming year until once again I proclaim, “Joy to the world, the Lord is come!”

I pray this in the name of the Christ Child who has come, is present and will come again.

Amen.