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Last Updated: Jan. 6, 2019
How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
"Your God reigns!"
Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices;
together they shout for joy.
When the Lord returns to Zion,
they will see it with their own eyes.
- Isaiah 52:7-8
The final advertisements for Christmas are trickling down. There are trees to be put away or placed on the curb; and wrapping paper that must be put in paper bins. The celebrations are over and the family members are saying goodbyes. There is also that hope that this year's big present will occupy our thoughts for longer than the upcoming New Year's Resolutions. It seems like Advent was leading to this great big day, and now we are focused on what we have to do next; the clean up before our average life returns. For a brief moment we had a promise of something beyond description which appears to be leaving us again.
The more mature we become, the more we see in our calm moments the difference between what we want, what we think we must do, and what we need. As important as the first two things are, the last one takes precedence. If only there were a way to get not a "new heart's desire" but a "new heart." If only there were a way to spend real quantity and quality time with those close to us. If only there were a way to believe the world is filled with good news. We say to ourselves that we would shout it from the rooftops.
Yet good news has come to us, all lost real relationships will be returned, and the gift of a brand new soul is right here. The question then is whether we will pack this away like everything else from the holidays or will we hang it up in our hearts and homes, communities and congregations? The Lord has given us a gift beyond our expectations and all our years may be new because He has made all things new in a tiny babe in Bethlehem.