After Christmas, I tend to experience a little feeling of letdown, of disappointment. The season is over, and we move on into the new year. We take down the decorations and seem to be in a hurry to move into the new year, the next big event, or another holiday.

I should be more like Mary, where she sings to the Lord following Jesus’ birth.

46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name.

50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.

51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.

52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.

53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.

54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful

55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”

She is promising a celebration that continues into the new year and beyond. She is trusting in the Lord to continue to bless her.

I heard this song recently by Pat Barrett, The Way, which states that “through every blessing, through every promise, through every breath, You are the Provider, Protector, and the One I love.”

This song is a great way to praise God in the after Christmas lull, as we prepare for the new year. Trust that God has plans for you, as he did for Mary, and continue your celebration of his birth, while not being lulled into waiting only for the next big event.

Blessings to you as you begin the fresh new year!

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