I wrote and shared this last December, but found it helpful to re-read this year, so I thought I would reblog it today. It is shared with the prayer that all who find this Christmas season difficult would find renewed peace in the child born for us, who came to be our Prince of Peace.

My Pastoral Ponderings

When I was a child, I often found myself a little disappointed after Christmas. Has that ever happened to you? All of that anticipation and excitement, and then, suddenly, it was over. I couldn’t help but feel a little sad. And if I am honest, I have to admit that there have been times as an adult when I have also found myself a little disappointed after Christmas.

I was reminded of this when I came across a surprising passage in the Old Testament that gave me new insight into my Christmas disappointments. It is a passage in Jeremiah, which was obviously written long before the birth of Christ, and even longer before we began celebrating Christmas, but when I read it I couldn’t help but think about our Christmas traditions. Here is the passage:

Thus says the Lord: Do not learn the way of the nations, or be dismayed…

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