“Why Christmas never ends now — how it is just beginning:
This day, this night, the Light comes — and whose heart isn’t kindled by this Love that’s a wildfire?
The world will be still tonight.
There will be lingering. Longing. We will long for this wonder to all go on. One Christmas candle will flame in the quiet.
This cannot fade—none of this can ever fade. ‘For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given’ (Isaiah 9:6, NKJV). *God is with us.*
God *stays* with us.
The Christmas candle burns hot, Christ gives His Light — and the world lights up, and Christmas goes on forever now.
Christ, the always Gift for all our days” (Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift).
That’s why I know that the sadness of the season of Christmas being over will pass. Even after all the ornaments and decorations are packed away in storage, Christmas will remain. When all the radio stations go back to their regular playlists, the spirit of Advent lingers still.
Emmanuel has come not just to visit but to dwell, not just for a season but forever. He Himself has said that He will never leave us nor forsake us.
That’s the hope that carries us through all the darkest days that anything and anyone can throw at us, because we know that the Light of the World still burns brightly. And nothing can snuff it out.