"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." - John 1:5
It's a bit of an anti-climax, isn't it? The day after Christmas? So try our pop quiz, "What To Do the Day After Christmas?" Do you…
a. Do as the shepherds of the Christmas story who "returned," and go back to work (or do what needs to be done), glorifying and praising God as you do? (Luke 2:20)
b. Make like Mary who "pondered these things in her heart," and contemplate … at least until it's time to change a diaper? (Luke 2:19)
c. Observe St. Stephen's Day? December 26 is the Feast Day of the first Christian martyr, Stephen (Acts 7). Apparently, one way to observe St. Stephen's Day is to call on family. Not quite the same as being stoned, but then I guess that depends on the family.
d. Take the way of the wise men who "traveled home by a different road"? (Matthew 2:12) Avoid the freeway. Get out of your ruts. Or, take the high road — there's less traffic.
As you may have guessed, this quiz doesn't have one right answer.
There may, however, be a wrong answer as to what to do on the day after Christmas: have a closed heart.
For "the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." Open your heart to that good news and let it warm, heal, and guide you all day long.
"Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere.
Go tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born!" Amen.
Tony Robinson, a United Church of Christ minister, is a speaker, teacher, and writer. He is the author of many books, including What’s Theology Got to Do With It: Convictions, Vitality and the Church. You can read Tony's "Weekly Meditation" and "What's Tony Thinking?" at his website, www.anthonybrobinson.com.