Still Christmas

Christmas Eve 1
Out there it is after Christmas.
Decorations are coming down.
Discarded Christmas trees line the sidewalk.
Life is returning to a more normal pattern.
But, here it is different.
Here, within the community of the church, Christmas continues.
Rather than Christmas morning being the end of the holiday season,
Here Christmas morning is just the beginning.
For a bit longer we do our best to allow the wonder and the mystery to surround us.
And to ponder in our own hearts what God has done and is doing.
And to hang onto, for dear life, the God’s promise of peace.

Paul Alcorn is a pastor a Bedford Presbyterian Church in Bedford, NY.

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