If you’ve entered any retail store recently, you may have seen “Christmas” coming down. Things discounted. Shelves shifting to Valentine's Day.
I don’t buy into that way of thinking. Why? Because, this is part of a world that gets it all backwards.
Christmas isn’t over. Christmas is just beginning…
This photograph was taken by my friend Dan Mullen. Beyond the stunning photography, I see a beautiful message.
I see us, you and me, in the moment, close to that tree – feeling the chill of the snow on our feet and the crisp air in our lungs. I see us looking out. A journey awaits us. We have a glimpse of where we are being called, but can’t see all of the details of what lies ahead. It’s kind of far, but not impossibly so. There are obstacles, but none that cannot be overcome.
Most importantly, there is a light – a light that is both clearly present for us now, even as it also sheds light on the journey ahead. It is a light that calls us forward – out of our comfort zones and into something new but important – challenging but definitely beautiful.
So, as the decorations come down and the next (more important) steps of Christmas begin, know that you are not alone. Because, on the other side of that tree, in the field just beyond, people are gathering. Fellow followers, all ready to take that journey, with you and with me.
Let the journey begin...
Peace and Merry Christmas, Shawn